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

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Overview

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

This was my 2nd trip to Nell Gwynn and I loved every minute of it, just like I did the first time around. The play is incredibly c... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was my 2nd trip to Nell Gwynn and I loved every minute of it, just like I did the first time around. The play is incredibly charming and witty and kept the audience laughing while also pausing our breath on a few occasions. The music, set design and costumes are absolutely lovely.

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A five-star comedy from Jessica Swale, with five-star acting from the likes of Gemma Arterton and Michele Dotrice. Arterton has mo... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A five-star comedy from Jessica Swale, with five-star acting from the likes of Gemma Arterton and Michele Dotrice. Arterton has more stage presence in the tip of her finger than most stage actors, and she gave a beautifully heartfelt performances as Nell. A wonderful casting choice who was duly supported by an ensemble packed full of talented actors. The set design was also excellent. A great show which I only wish could have run for longer!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Witty and warm, funny and intelligent, this is a brilliant show about one of the first women to act on the British stage, with a p... More

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 233 reviews, 32 helpful votes

Witty and warm, funny and intelligent, this is a brilliant show about one of the first women to act on the British stage, with a proper star performance from Gemma Arterton as the title character.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 233 reviews, 32 helpful votes

Witty and warm, funny and intelligent, this is a brilliant show about one of the first women to act on the British stage, with a p... More

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 233 reviews, 32 helpful votes

Witty and warm, funny and intelligent, this is a brilliant show about one of the first women to act on the British stage, with a proper star performance from Gemma Arterton as the title character.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 233 reviews, 32 helpful votes

A charming show with a delightful performance by Gemma Arterton. I enjoyed this far more than expected to and it was a witty diver... More

Funthing29 5"1, 153 reviews, 12 helpful votes

A charming show with a delightful performance by Gemma Arterton. I enjoyed this far more than expected to and it was a witty diversion for a few hours.

Funthing29 5"1, 153 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Second visit to see this show and you can see why it won an Olivier Award! Lots of giggles and a few ditty's but overall a lovely... More

simonerogers 5'2, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Second visit to see this show and you can see why it won an Olivier Award! Lots of giggles and a few ditty's but overall a lovely show.

simonerogers 5'2, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

My favorite London production from 2016 - the play is worth a read!

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

My favorite London production from 2016 - the play is worth a read!

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This play is a delight and the cast are brilliant, each and every one if them. The set is outstanding as is the lighting. The ... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 572 helpful votes

This play is a delight and the cast are brilliant, each and every one if them. The set is outstanding as is the lighting. The depth of commitment from each person on-stage is excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. It would be wrong to omit a special mention of Miss Arterton's charming portrayal of Nell, but it was her interaction with her fellow players which resonated with me. Altogether a wonderful way to enjoy an evening.

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 572 helpful votes

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

sergioAraujo 121 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

sergioAraujo 121 reviews, 0 helpful votes