Nell Gwynn

By Jessica Swale
Original music by Kim Sherman
Directed by Robert Richmond
January 29 – March 10, 2019
Folger Theatre

“Gloriously funny and touching bio-drama.”  - Telegraph

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell’s spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. This heart-warming and hilarious look at an amazing woman of her—or any—age is “an absolute treat” (The Times).

Consider joining us for a special performance of Nell Gwynn to enhance your theater-going experience.

Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of our sponsors. For a full list of sponsors for Nell Gwynn, please visit our Sponsors page.


Who's Who

Lady Castlemaine, Louise de Kéroualle
Edward Kynaston
John Dryden
Thomas Killigrew
Ned Spigget
Queen Catherine, Musician
Original Music
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Folger Casting
Folger Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following sponsors.

Season Sponsors

Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance

Contributing Sponsors

Denise Gwyn Ferguson

Associate Sponsors

William Hopkins
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Ken Ludwig and Adrienne George



This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.