Gemma Arterton is to take the title role in the West End transfer of the Globe’s production of Nell Gwynn.
Jessica Swale’s play originally ran at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s final summer season.
Arterton takes over the lead from Gugu Mbatha-Raw who was nominated for best actress at the Evening Standard Awards for her role in the original production.
Arterton was most recently seen in the short lived musical Made in Dagenham for which she won the Evening Standard best newcomer in a musical award. Her other acting credits include The Duchess of Malfi, The Master Builder, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia and The Voices.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, Nell Gwynn is set in 1660 after the restoration of Charles II to the throne. Billed is an “effervescent celebration of life in the theatre”, it charts the rise of Gwynn from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress and the king’s consort.
Nell Gwynn transfers for a strictly limited season from 4 February 2016 until 30 April to the Apollo Theatre.