Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre, London
Booking to 30 April 2016
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Nell Gwynn starring Gemma Arterton at the Apollo Theatre

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.

Following critical acclaim and a sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn transfers to the West End.

Nell Gwynn plays for a strictly limited season from 4 February 2016 until 30 April 2016 at the Apollo Theatre.


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 (Gemma Arterton) is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.

Jessica Swale’s blissfully entertaining new play, 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?


Gemma Arterton in the title role, with the full cast including Paige Carter, Michele Dotrice, Matthew Durkan, Michael Garner, Greg Haiste, George Jennings, Ellie Leah, Peter McGovern, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, Nicholas Shaw, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward.


Jessica Swale’s play is directed by Christopher Luscombe with further creative to be announced.


★★★★★ “an absolute treat….it lifts you up and puts a smile on your face” The Times
★★★★ “Gemma Arterton sparkles” The Guardian
★★★★★ “This West End transfer is a triumph… a stellar event that sends ripples through the theatrical cosmos” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Christopher Luscombe’s ebullient production….sweeps us up from the start in a blissful whirl” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Christopher Luscombe’s joyful production” The Metro
★★★★★ “Every role is superbly performed -there’s even a scene-stealing dog” The Stage

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 30 April 2016

Venue Information

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

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