Apollo Theatre, London
Nell Gwynn - Apollo Theatre, London
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Audiences in the West End have many opportunities to witness well known stars as they head to the stage in some high profile shows. In recent years Gemma Arterton has been amongst these performers as she has starred in various hits, including the recent Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, and now theatregoers will have another opportunity to see the Hollywood star live on stage. The St Trinian’s actress is set to play the title role in Nell Gwynn at the Apollo Theatre as the historical 17th century mistress to King Charles II is brought to life in the West End.
Gwynn lived between 1650 and 1687 and in those years she embarked on a journey that has landed her a place in folklore as the centuries have since passed. In the show we meet her on Drury lane as she is about to head to be chosen for a role on the stage during a time in which women aren’t allowed such a part in the spotlight.
The show was recently penned by Jessica Swale and it was previously staged at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Christopher Luscombe directing. Swale’s previous work includes Blue Stockings at the same venue in 2013, plus Thomas Tallis at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (a part of the Globe) and more.
Gemma Arterton needs little introduction, particularly after starring in the already-mentioned recent musical version of Made In Dagenham. The actress has appeared in other shows in the capital, like The Little Dog Laughed at the Gielgud Theatre, but she is perhaps best known to audiences across the country for her work on the big screen. Her credits include the 22nd James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, plus Tamara Drewe, St Trinian’s Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Clash Of The Titans, to name but a few.
Meanwhile, director Christopher Luscombe, who returns to direct the production in the West End, has previously been behind Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre and the touring version of The Rocky Horror Show.
Nell Gwynne replaces Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre from Friday 12th February 2016 (previews from Thursday 4th February 2016).
Show & Venue InformationApollo Theatre
Thursday, 04 February 2016
Saturday, 30 April 2016
2 hours 35 minutes including one interval