Gemma Arterton plays saucy Nell in Globe’s West End transfer

Gemma Arterton as Nell Gwynn. Image Simon Turtle.
Gemma Arterton as Nell Gwynn. Image Simon Turtle.

Jessica Swale’s acclaimed new play, Nell Gwynn, which proved a sell-out success for The Globe, is transferring to the West End with Gemma Arterton as the saucy heroine.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the production runs at the Apollo Theatre from February.

It is 1660. 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 (Gemma Arterton) is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.

Award-winning Gemma Arterton (The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham, Quantum of Solace) plays the cheeky, charming and clever Nell Gwynn, one of the first, and most acclaimed, women to appear on the London stage.

Jessica Swale’s blissfully entertaining new play 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?

Nell Gwynn is presented in the West End by Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black.

Nell Gwynn runs at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from February 4-April 30. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Thursday.

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