Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, opening for previews at the Apollo Theatre from the 4th February.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the production will star Gemma Arterton in the title role with the full cast including Paige Carter, Michele Dotrice, Matthew Durkan, Michael Garner, Greg Haiste, George Jennings, Ellie Leah, Peter McGovern, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, Nicholas Shaw, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward.
Nell Gwynn transfers to the Apollo Theatre following its sold-out run at the Shakespeare’s Globe and appearing at the West End for a limited season only – beginning Thursday the 4th February.
Set in 1660, the story is set after the Puritans have run away and Charles II has appeared on the scene. He has a love of things that are loud, French and sexy. Meanwhile at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. But little does she know who is watching.
Jessica Swale’s play charts the rise of an unexpected heroine from her humble beginnings at Coal Yard Alley to becoming Britain’s most celebrated actress and winning the heart of a king. But because women at that time were considered to be second class citizens – can her charm protect her from the dangers of court?
Gemma Arterton stars as Nell Gwynn, one of the first and most acclaimed actresses to appear on the London stage. Arterton’s most recent credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham and Quantum of Solace .
The West End transfer sees Greg Haiste, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward all return to their roles in the production.
Jessica Swale delighted audiences at the Globe with Blue Stockings in 2013. She is the Artistic Director of the Red-Handed Theatre Company. Meanwhile director Christopher Luscombe’s recent credits include: Spamalot and The Rocky Horror Show.
Nell Gwynn will run at the Apollo Theatre from the 4th February to the 30th April. to book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com , Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com, UK Tickets.co.uk.