"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.