Gemma Arterton in Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre
The well known star of films like St Trinian’s is set to make her latest appearance on a West End stage from February 2016 as it has been revealed that Gemma Arterton will head to the Apollo Theatre in Nell Gwynn. It is the latest in a long line of London stage appearances for the actress, who also recently appeared in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.
The show was previously seen at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where Gugu Mbatha-Raw played the lead role. Arterton will replace her in the West End as director Christopher Luscombe returns to direct from Jessica Swale’s script.
In addition to her recent appearance in Made In Dagenham, Arterton has appeared in various other shows in the capital whilst also carving out a successful screen career. Her stage credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Little Dog Laughed at the Gielgud Theatre.
Audiences might recognise her for her role as Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, as well as for roles in Tamara Drewe, Clash Of The Titans, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, amongst others.
But for Nell Gwynn she tackles a role that takes audiences back to the 1660s. Here, we meet the title character, a mistress of Charles II who sells oranges at Drury Lane. The show deals with her career in London theatre, entering the world during a time in which women were not allowed on the stage.
It is based on the real life Nell Gwynn, who really was a mistress of Charles II and lived between 1650 and 1687. She left behind a lasting legacy and she has been portrayed in many plays, musicals and novels over the years, spanning from the late 18th century to this modern day play. She has also been portrayed in various films during the 20th century.
Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn can run at the venue from Friday 12th February 2016 (previews from Thursday 4th February 2016) to Saturday 30th April 2016.