"They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage."
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's watching...
Soon afterwards Nell Gwynn was to become one of the first female actresses in London, a long-term mistress of King Charles II and one of the main points of interest in Samuel Pepys's diaries.
During one of the most turbulet periods of the history of England, with the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London both taking place within a year, most public places were shut, including theatres. Nobody knew their Golden Era was only round the corner....
Award winning Gemma Arterton (The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham, Quantum of Solace) stars 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.
Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out limited season of 11 performances at Shakespeare's Globe, don't miss this opportunity to see Nell Gwynn in the West End.
'A delight, silly and serious....full of crowd pleasers, lilting music and sumptuous costumes....there is even a dog.' The Times
'Falls between Restoration comedy, My Fair Lady, Carry On films and Blackadder.' Daily Mail
'ribald, buzzy and thoroughly cheering' Daily Telegraph
'Bawdy, playful, highly entertaining.' The Observer
'The rollicking tale of a woman who changed history' Time Out
'a delightful, joyous evening' Financial Times