We will be producing three very different shows in 2017, providing a diverse range of opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved as part of the cast or crew:
20 September – 30 September – Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale directed by Ewen Coleman.
The year is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II, the ‘Merry Monarch’, 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.
Jessica Swales 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?
Nell Gwynn has been described as a bawdy, sexy, and playful celebration of an incredible life in an era pulsating with energy and an exhilarating take on the heady world of Restoration theatre.
It premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 then transferred to the West End in 2016 going on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and is currently on tour throughout the UK.
Time Out described Nell Gwynn as ‘superbly funny. A juicy, well-wrought thing of great fun, a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre, but most of all an apt homage to a woman incredibly ahead of her time’.