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

An 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, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. This heart-warming and hilarious look at an amazing woman of her—or any—age is “an absolute treat” (The Times).

Scroll down this page for a sneak peak at the costume designs by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

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

Alison Luff as Nell Gwynn. Photo by Brittany Diliberto, Bee Two Sweet Photography.

Who's Who

Lady Castlemaine, Louise de Kéroualle
Rose Gwynn
Edward Kynaston
King Charles II
Charles Hart
John Dryden
Thomas Killigrew
Lord Arlington
Nell Gwynn
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

Costume design for Nell Gwynn by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

Costume design for Charles Hart by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

Costume design for Edward Kynaston by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

Costume design for King Charles by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

Costume design for Lady Castlemain by Mariah Anzaldo Hale.

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 production is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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