Nell Gwynn - Olivier Award Best New Comedy 2016
Published by Nick Hern Books
Large Mixed Cast
"They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage"
Jessica Swale, bestselling author of Blue Stockings, charts the life of Nell Gwynn in this rambunctious swagger through the life of the actress and notorious mistress of King Charles II
Written specifically for London's Globe theatre, it's a big barnstormer of a play, certain to delight audiences
It's set in London in 1660 where - following the fall of the Puritan Revolution - King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy
And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is also causing much stirring amongst the theatregoers
The play charts the rise of this unlikely heroine from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to Britain's most celebrated actress
And, of course, her hard-won place in the heart and the bed 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?
Jessica Swale's exhilarating take on the heady world of Restoration theatre premiered at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in September 2015
"Bawdy and brilliant ... a wonderful, warm-hearted and generous piece of theatrical history" ~ The Stage
"An out-and-out celebration of the fun of theatre if you're looking for laughs, and a romping brash show, this is great" ~ The Arts Desk
"Cannily mixes Carry On double-entendres with an explicitly feminist message a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos involved in putting on a play" ~ Guardian
"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" ~ Time Out
" ....gloriously funny ... a right royal treat" ~ Telegraph
" a bawdy, witty, engaging romp" ~ The Times
The Restoration of Nell Gwyn