Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Nell Gwynne in Jessica Swales vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.

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. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s 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?

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, Nell Gwynn is designed by Hugh Durrant, composed by Nigel Hess, with movement direction by Charley Broom.

Nell Gwynn plays a limited season from 19 September 2015 until 17 October 2015 at Shakespeare’s Globe.