Fans of Hollywood star Gemma Arterton will be happy to know that the talented performer makes her way back to the West End in 2016 as Jessica Swale’s play Nell Gwynn, based on the life of the mistress of Charles II, heads to the Apollo Theatre.
Arterton joins the show for the West End run of performances following the production’s previous run at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Whilst she is new to the play in Theatreland, director Christopher Luscombe was involved in the previous run on South Bank.
Nell Gwynn takes us back to the 17th century where we meet the real life woman who lived between 1650 and 1687. We find her on Drury Lane and we soon explore her time on the London stage, embarking on a career before women were allowed in the spotlight.
She is a favourite figure for many as she broke down barriers and was also well known as the mistress of King Charles II, ensuring her legacy lives on for many more centuries to come.
This legacy is solidified with Swale’s play in the West End. It previously ran at the Globe in October 2015 with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role and was the latest show from Swale to be staged at the venue following Blue Stockings in 2013.
And this time around even more attention is bound to be heaped on it thanks to the casting of Gemma Arterton. The well known actress has provided a familiar face on the stage and screen for some time, most recently entertaining audiences in Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre. Her other stage credits include The Little Dog Laughed at the Gielgud Theatre and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe. Most know her better for her film work, however, and this has seen her appear in some of the biggest blockbusters like Bond film Quantum Of Solae and Clash Of The Titans, amongst others.
So next she plays the title role in Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre. The show follows Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the Mischief Theatre production that appears over the festive period, from Friday 12th February 2016 (previews from Thursday 4th February 2016).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 28th April 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 30th April 2016|
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