Full Casting Announced for West End Transfer of Nell Gwynn | Playbill

News Full Casting Announced for West End Transfer of Nell Gwynn The full cast has been announced for the West End transfer of Jessica Swale's Nell Gwynn, about the 17th century actress and royal mistress. The production will transfer to the Apollo Theatre from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, where it premiered last year. It begins performances Feb. 4 prior to an official opening Feb. 12.

Joining the previously announced Gemma Arterton, who will play the title role, are Michael Garner, Greg Haiste, Peter McGovern, David Rintoul, Anneika Rose, Nicholas Shaw, David Sturzaker, Jay Taylor, Sasha Waddell and Sarah Woodward

Gemma Arterton Photo by Simon Turtle

Arterton was last seen in the musical Made in Dagenham. She began her stage career at Shakespeare's Globe, where she appeared in Love's Labour's Lost and The Duchess of Malfi. Other West End credits include The Little Dog Laughed; she has also appeared at the Almeida in The Master Builder. Her screen credits include the title role in "Tamara Drewe," the Bond film "Quantum of Solace" and "Clash of the Titans."

She now plays the title role of Nell Gwynn, one of the first — and most acclaimed — women to appear on the London stage. Set in 1660, when the Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs and Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy, Nell Gwynn is set at Drury Lane Theatre where the young title character is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who's watching.
 Swale's play charts the rise of this 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?

The production is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose recent directorial credits include Spamalot and The Rock Horror Show on tour and in the West End, as well as The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors  (both at Shakespeare's Globe). It's being produced in the West End by Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black.

To book tickets, which are booking through April 30, contact the box office on 0330 333 4809 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

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