Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre tickets
Nell Gwynn at Apollo Theatre tickets

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About the show

Jessica Swale’s rollicking restoration play Nell Gwynn makes a well-deserved transfer from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Apollo Theatre London. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, Gemma Arterton stars as the extraordinarily ‘pretty, witty Nell Gwynn’, as described by Samuel Pepys.

Set in the heart of London in 1660 and based on the true story of Nell Gwynn, Swale charts Nell’s journey from lowly orange seller to fully-fledged actress and formal mistress to Charles II. At a time when only men were allowed onstage, Nell revolutionises theatre after being trained to become an actress by Charles Hart. Being the first woman to appear onstage, she becomes London’s favourite attraction and soon catches the eye of the King. Before long, Nell is catapulted into a world of grandeur, romance and fame. Full of bawdy songs and dances, as well as plenty of hilarious innuendo, Nell Gwynn is an absolute delight for audiences.

Gemma Arterton stars as the charming and raucous Nell, taking over from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who impressed audiences at the Globe and earned herself a nomination for Best Actress in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Arterton has gone on to master the role, receiving five star reviews from critics across the board. After training at RADA, Arterton is well-known for her extensive film and television credits, including Quantum of Solace, St Trinians, Tamara Drewe and Gemma Bovery. Most recently, she appeared in the West End musical Made in Dagenham.

Further cast members include David Sturzaker (Cool Hand Luke), Jay Taylor (Wolf Hall), Michele Dotrice, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward. Nell Gwynn features design by Hugh Durrant, original compositions by Nigel Hess and choreography by Charlotte Broom, all of which add to the rip-roaring restoration feel of the production. After a sell-out season at Shakespeare’s Globe, Nell Gwynn is a terrifically entertaining theatrical highlight, which is delighting audiences and critics alike.

Recommended for

Fans of the Shakespeare’s Globe production will enjoy the transition to the Apollo Theatre, with Gemma Arterton bringing a new verve to the role. Those who enjoy laugh-out-loud comedies will be enthralled by this production.

Age Recommendations: 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 2hrs 30 mins
Opened: 04 Feb 2016
Press night: 17 May 2016
Booking from: 30 Apr 2016
Booking until: 30 Apr 2016

Location and map

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ

104 Reviews Add review

l enjoy the show and the history, the actors were very good and the set is beautiful.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was incredible. Gemma Arterton was sitting on stage right by me, was an amazing cast. The set was great.

sarahward 5 foot, 294 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I loved Gemma Arterton's performance in this play. I thought it was excellent, with great pace, humour and pathos.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

meglw 5'5, 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was amazing. The cast was brilliant. The sets were cool.

sarahward 5 foot, 294 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The show was amazing. Gemma Arterton sat right by where I was seating. Gemma Arterton Was unbelievable along with the rest of the cast.... More

sarahward 5 foot, 294 reviews, 3 helpful votes

An amazing show. Loved the cast. The sets were really good.

sarahward 5 foot, 294 reviews, 3 helpful votes

alessiadassi90 171cm, 54 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Marvelous Gemma Arterton in funny performance. Great story... Recommendation! I loved it.

joerg 185cm, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes