It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded on to the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. At Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who is watching.
Award winning Gemma Arterton starred in last year’s West End production after a critically acclaimed and sell out season at The Globe as cheeky, charming and clever Nell Gwynn, one of the first and most acclaimed women to appear on the London stage.
Jessica Swale's blissfully entertaining comedy celebrates an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.
Written for a modern audience, with a large, mixed cast, this production will give our actors ample opportunity for great character acting in a lively, bawdy romp. There may be some doubling and the script should make rehearsals and the production quite riotous.
Rehearsal nights are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please look out for details of dates for auditions and the character list in future newsletters.
Nell Gwynn - Tamsin Goodwin-Connelly
Charles II - Nick Wells
Lady Castlemaine- Helen Budd
Charles Hart - Peter Tolfts
Louise de Keroualle - Nicola Thomas
Lord Arlington - Martin Broyd
Nancy - Carrie Gilham
Thos Killigrew - Chris Talboys
Ma Gwynn - Pat Lay
John Dryden - Jo Sampson
Rose Gwynn - Hannah Wilce
Ned Spiggett - John Craig
Edward Kynaston - Adrian Fergus-Fuller
Queen Catherine - tbc
Directed by Andy Lee