Nell Gwynn

Apollo Shaftesbury Ave

Nell Gwynn

04 Feb 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

£15.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

She’s back!

Charting the rise of an unlikely theatrical heroine from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress and mistress to the King, Nell Gwynn was called ‘an unending delight’ by the Evening Standard and a ‘superbly funny new play’ by Time Out.

Jessica Swale’s rip-roaring play Nell Gwynn will open in the West End starring Gemma Arterton, following an all-too-brief run at the Globe this summer. 


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“Gloriously funny and touching... Down to the now A-list Arterton, this is a right royal treat. Go. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Every member of the cast is good, if not great. The result is an absolute treat. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Luscombe’s production whips the action along... Arterton offers the most generous, and broadest, of Gwynns. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Witty play... Arterton [is] a delightful combination of Nell’s qualities... Ebullient production... Some ripe comic ditties. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A Restoration riot to restore the spirits: a hoot... Still larger than life, very Globeish, rumbustious, jokey and joyous. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Part Carry On, part sing-a-long (with much good-natured music), it’s most engaging when it’s most silly. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Pure pantomime... Arterton gives her finest stage performance to date... A splendid cast... Expertly judged production. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Seems to tut at its own cheek, at the same time as it scoffs away any earnestness. Arterton plays the balance gamely. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“More sexual innuendoes than you can shake a pointy stick at... A luminously lascivious Arterton... A lot of love for the theatre”

Miriam Gillinson (Arts Desk, Time Out)

“Ripe and juicy... A luminously lovely Nell... A populist, fluffy, but big-hearted show, directed with extreme silliness. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Could have done with more grit invested in Nell... But Arterton certainly rises to the occasion... Merry. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Swale’s romp-com... The good humour is so all-pervasive that Gwynn’s rise, if that’s what it is, does not look very difficult. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Arterton sparkles... Sturzaker is splendid... The entendre-led silliness is too often laboured... Boisterous fun. ”

West End Whingers

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