Nell Gwynn | 3rd – 8th July 2017

Nell GwynnNell Gwynn by Jessica Swale

It’s 1660 and 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 is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.

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?

Bawdy, playfully anachronistic with plenty of innuendo, this is highly entertaining new play – fresh from the West End.

Cast:
Nell Gwynn – Emma Wickenden
Rose Gwynn – Alice Heather
Nancy – Lynn Rushby
Old Ma Gywnn – Janet Clark
Queen Catherine – Sue Hicks
Lady Castlemaine – Sue Bailey
Louise de Keroualle – Sue Bailey
King Charles II – Mark Storey
Charles Hart – Paul Newton
Thomas Killigrew – Pieter Swinge
Edward Kynaston – Ian Evans
John Drydon – Charles Langdon
Lord Arlington – Alec Raemers
Other characters played by members of the cast

Backstage
Director                                  Patricia Melluish
Choreographer                      Catherine Jarvie
Asst Director                          Sue Smith
Set Design                             Alan Matthews
Lighting Design                     Jon Lewis
Sound Design                        Ian James, Ivan Buckle
Stage Manager                     Sue Hicks
Asst Stage Manager              Janet Clark
Accompanist                         Petra Hajduchova
Rehearsal Pianist                  Louise Dunsby
Stage Director                       John Heather
Set construction                   Alan Matthews, Ian Saunders, Andrew Heather, T62 members
Set Décor                             Adrian Pope
Technical Programming      Jon Lewis
Technical Rigging                 Members of T62
Technical Operators             Chloe Belgrave, James Quinn
Costumes                              T62 Wardrobe Team
Make-Up & Hair                    Jean Golder, Christine Lever, Penny Vetterlein, Rachel Cormican, Jenny Jones
Properties                              Lynne Craig
Prompt                                  Audrey Knighton
Technical Support                 Andrew Herbert
House Manager                     John Heather
Refreshments                       Ann Herbert, Nina James
Raffle                                   Sandie Campbell
Box Office                            Gilly Swinge
Programme Editor               John Guttridge
Poster & Programme Design     Graham Copeland