Join the People’s Theatre next week for a bawdy, witty romp celebrating an unlikely heroine!

Join the People’s Theatre next week for a bawdy, witty romp celebrating an unlikely heroine!

1660, London. King Charles II has ascended to the throne with a love of all things extravagant and sexy. Over at Drury Lane, theatregoers are finding themselves stirred by young orange-seller turned actress Nell Gwynn. Praised for her comic performances, lively wit and good looks, Nell was a woman ahead of her time who became a celebrity figure and one of the first actresses on the English stage!

“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They’ve put a woman on the stage.”

Described as Shakespeare In Love, meets Blackadder, meets My Fair Lady, meets the Carry Onfilms, NELL GWYNN won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. It’s a riotous royal rom-com that sees Nell causing gleeful havoc in a traditionally male world. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?

Directors Sara Jo Harrison and Tracey Lucas comment: “We are so delighted to be able to present this joyful celebration of theatre and the story of one of the finest actresses to have graced the stage, the inimitable Nell Gwynn.  Famed for being Charles II mistress, but revered for her comedic talent, she is one heck of a leading lady. This is a timely production, featuring England’s last King Charles while the next one is being crowned! It’s a modern take on a 17th Century story and it offers a thoughtful and vital consideration of how far women have really come in the last 400 years. The play is bursting with music, dance and comedy, and we can’t wait to give audiences a hugely entertaining night out – of the kind Charles II himself would have greatly approved!” 

NELL GWYNN by Jessica Swale opens on Tuesday 16th May. Tickets are available from the People’s Theatre Box Office on 0191 265 5020 (option 2) and online at

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