Nell Gwynn (2018)

"A rollicking good evening’s entertainment . . . an unending delight"  (Evening Standard) 

Mar 17th to 24th 2018

Written by Jessica Swale

Directed by Keith Railton & Bill Bosworth

London 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. Meanwhile at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is attracting attention amongst the theatregoers. The play charts the rise of an unlikely heroine from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to become a celebrated actress and the mistress of the king. But in a time when women are regarded as second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the intrigues at court ?


Nell Gwynn (the heroine) 

Rose Gwynn ( Nell's sister)

Nancy (Nell's dresser and confidante) 

Old Ma Gwynn ( Nell's mother and brothel madam )

Queen Catherine ( Charles' Portuguese wife )

Lady Castlemaine (Charles' most ambitious mistress )

Louise de Kéroualle (Charles' French mistress) 

Charles II ( the King, obviously ) 

Charles Hart ( Leading actor in the King's Company) 

Thomas Killigrew (Manager of the King's Company ) 

Edward Kynaston ( Actor who plays the women's parts) 

John Dryden ( Playwright )

Lord Arlington ( Charles II's Advisor ) 

Ned Spigget ( Actor in training in the King's Company ) 

Ensemble actors who play a variety of plays. 

NOTE: doubling of some of the rôles is possible.