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A bawdy, witty romp celebrating an unlikely heroine! Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

16th - 20th May 2023

Event info

Start Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £16.00 Concessions: £13.50


Description

“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage.”

1660, London. King Charles II has ascended to the throne with a love of all things extravagant and sexy. Over at Drury Lane, theatregoers are finding themselves stirred by young orange-seller turned actress Nell Gwynn!

This Olivier-Award winning comedy bursts with music, dance and comedy, and is a sparkling celebration of an unlikely heroine who sets about causing gleeful havoc in a traditionally male world. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can Nell’s charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?

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This amateur production of “Nell Gwynn” is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

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Cast:

The Ladies  

Nell Gwynn: Emma Jane Robson 

Rose Gwynn: Aimee McKay 

Nancy: Anna Dobson 

Lady Castlemaine: Michelle Bayly 

Louise De Keroualle / Ensemble: Natalie Plunga 

Queen Catherine / Ensemble: Cat White 

Old Ma Gwynn / Ensemble: Sarah Scott 

Heckler / Attendant / Ensemble: Jo McEvedy 

The Gents 

King Charles II: Sam Hinton 

Charles Hart: Andrew Rakowski 

Thomas Killigrew: Jim Boylan 

Edward Kynaston: Sam Burrell 

John Dryden: Sean Burnside  

Lord Arlington: Jack Thompson 

Ned Spiggett : Charlie Hope 

Heckler / William / Ensemble: Stewart Dives  

The Dogs 

Bobby and Hugo  

The Band 

Harpsichord / accordion: Shona Newey 

Mandolin / bass guitar / bodhrán: Andy Aiken 

Violin / guitar / percussion: Tony Sehgal 

A multitude of recorders: Rye Mattick  

Production Team: 

Directors: Sara Jo Harrison and Tracey Lucas  

Musical Director : Shona Newey  

Movement Director: Maya Torres 

Stage manager : Lesley Heckels–Thompson 

Assistant stage manager : Lauren Allison 

Prompt: Catherine Hope 

Lighting design and Sound : Tim Swinton  

Lighting team : Izzy Young; Alex Tait  

Wardrobe: Dianne Edwards / Sarah Pearson / Caspin Reeves / Ruth Gibson 

Wigs : Keith Wigham (Wiggy)  

Properties: Anneliese Clifton, Eileen Davison, Jules Scott-Foss , Rachel Potts, Kate Cartmell-Done 

Set Design : Sands Dobson / Tim Swinton 

Set Build: Sands Dobson, Mark Burden, Craig Fairbairn 

Set painting: Lauren Allison, Maya Torres, Alison Scurfield, Stewart Dives, Emmy Dobson, Minnie Dobson, Daisy Burden, Rachel Potts, Caspin Reeves  

Set Dressing : Anneliese Clifton, Rye Mattick, Eileen Davison, Rachel Potts, Caspin Reeves  

Social Media: Lauren Aspery and Minnie Dobson 

Publicity: Alison Carr and Jack Thompson 

Photography: Paul Hood  

French vocal coaching : Daisy Burden  

Portuguese vocal coaching : Marta Mateus, Will Briscoe, Paulo Torres  

Owners of Bobby and Hugo: Jamie Lakhani-Powell, Ben Lakhani-Powell and Janet Lakhani 

With thanks to: www.abovethewaterswimming.co.uk 

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