By Jessica Swale
Directed by Mary Papadima
London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court.
Nell Gwynn – Jessica Nicholson
Rose Gwynn / Queen Catherine – Dora Davis
Nancy / Old Ma – Kirsty Johnson
Lady Castlemaine / Louise De Keroualle – Elizabeth Kentish
King Charles – Adam Chalk
Charles Hart – Noé Sebert
Thomas Killigrew – Thomas Ghaleb
Edward Kynaston – Joe Pass
John Dryden – Ahmed Elmusrati
Arlington – Zane Burkmar
Ned – Connor Coen
Designer: Ruta Stasevictiute