11th - 14th October 2017
(by Jessica Swale) It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy.
At Drury Lane Theatre, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who is watching.
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, 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.
But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?