Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale
3 to 11 December 2021

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

It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded on to 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?


Nell Gwynn Lorna Kong
Thomas Killigrew Simon Caporn
Lord Arlington David Reynolds
Nancy Belinda Coghlan
John Dryden Al Fowkes
Lady Castlemaine Gemma Duncan
Louise de Kerouaille Jessica Trimble
Rose Gwynn Mel Beswick
Ned Spiggett Harris Lerner
Edward Kynaston Graham Simmonds
Queen Catherine Victoria Johnson
Old Ma Gwynn Sonia Dykstra
Charles Hart Ted Walker
King Charles II Steve Berrington
Court attendants Gemma Duncan, Alan James, Jessica Trimble, Steve Williamson


This play is sponsored by: Motrax Motor Accessories (88 Chapel Lane) Superior products at surprisingly low prices.
The 2021-22 season is sponsored by: SC & P Jones (91 Chapel Lane) Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists


Directors Celia Bonner, Mike Rogerson
Musical Directors Chris McClory, Pete Grimshaw
Stage Manager Steve Williamson
Prompt Diana Boswell
Set design Juliet Jones
Props Fenella Fowkes
ASM Alan James, Donna Johnstone
Lighting Bruce Williams
Sound Mark Seyler
Wardrobe Linda Batson, Di James
Rehearsal photographs Chris Hills
Ticket secretary Jane Anderson, Denise Soussi
House Manager Ann Cichocki, Fred Donnan, Ronnie Dykstra, Donna Johnstone
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