By Jessica Swale
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, Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine. At a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court?
Mature content. May not be suitable for children under 13.
General Admission: Seniors and Students $24+ | Adults $28 +
Swanky Seats (Reserved Seating): Seniors and Students $34+ | Adults $38+
*Senior (65+), Student, Child (12-), Theater Industry Artist, Military, Educator discounts available
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5 pm | Inside Scoop! Stay for a post show discussion and a free scoop of ice cream.
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8 pm | Industry Night Theatre Industry professionals pay-what-they-can at the door.
PWYC Wednesdays (PWYC)! Every Wednesday, showgoers pay-what-they-can at the door.
Free Drink Friday! Every Friday, each ticket holder gets a drink voucher good for any beverage of his/her choice*.
Group rates available! For groups of 10+, get a great discount. Contact Maddie Mahood to create your group experience
*Excludes opening night
Nell Gwynn - Courtney Moors
King Charles II - Robert Shaw-Smith
Charles Hart - Eugene Russell IV
Rose - Anastasia Wilson
Nancy - Hannah Church
John Dryden - Brandon Partrick
Lady Castlemaine/Louise - Jasmine Thomas
Edward Kynaston - Jeff Hathcoat
Lady Catherine/Ma Gwynn - Amanda Cucher
Killigrew/Arlington - Doyle Reynolds
Ned Spigget - J. L. Reed
Nell U/S - Maggie Birgel
Playwright - Jessica Swale
Director - Richard Garner
Assistant Director - Emma Calabrese
Stage Manager - Dakota Adams
Production Manager - Kellsey Hook
Facilities Manager - Lisa Green
Assistant Stage Manager - Malcom Partridge*
Scenic Designer - Kat Conley
Lighting Designer - D. Conor McVey
Cosutme Designer - Landi McAdams
Sound Designer - Jess Wells
Properties Designer - Jillian Haughey
Design Observer Intern - Hannah Taylor*
Dramaturg - Kathy Janich
Dialect Coach - Jan Wilkstrom
Master Carpenter - Matt Brohammer
Master Electrician - Neil Anderson
Jessica is an Olivier award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and Exeter University. As a writer, Jessica’s first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2012) won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination and is now on the GCSE drama syllabus. Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015) transferred to the West End starring Gemma Arterton and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Jessica is currently adapting Nell Gwynn as a feature film with Working Title. She is also writing the Horrible Histories movie for Altitude Pictures, alongside developing projects with Studio Canal and Fox Searchlight, and reuniting with Arterton for Summerland, her first directorial feature film.Other writing for theatre includes All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company), Thomas Tallis (Wanamaker Playhouse), adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill), The Secret Garden, Stig of the Dump (Grosvenor Park, Chester) and The Jungle Book (Northampton). She is currently working on a new play, The Mission, about secret adoptions in the 1920s.
As director, Jessica set up Red Handed Theatre Company in 2006, with whom work includes The Belle's Stratagem (Evening Standard Best Director 2012 nomination), The Busy Body, The Rivals, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); The School for Scandal (Park Theatre) and Palace of the End (Arcola). Other credits include Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse), Bedlam (Shakespeare's Globe), Winter (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada) and Sleuth, Sense and Sensibility and Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre). Jessica is also an Associate Artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, who use theatre as a development tool in war torn countries. She is author of a best-selling series of drama games books, published by Nick Hern Books and she is also involved in Times Up UK, actively campaigning for greater equality and diversity across theatre and film.