“It is so brilliantly crafted it would be a crime to miss it.
Get thee to the Folger, make haste.” - Broadway World
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 “a roaring good time” (DC Theatre Scene).
Running time for Nell Gwynn is approximately two hours, thirty minutes including a fifteen minute intermission.
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Nell Gwynn (Alison Luff) is an overnight hit of the English stage (with musicians left to right: Zoe Speas and Kevin Collins).
Nell Gwynn (Alison Luff, center) in a dramatic performance on stage, with fellow actors (left to right: Catherine Flye, Alex Michell, Quinn Franzen) in Folger Theatre’s Nell Gwynn.
Actor Charles Hart (Quinn Franzen) takes center stage, as the rest of the Company looks on (left to right: Catherine Flye, Alex Michell, Caitlin Cisco, Christopher Dinolfo, Nigel Gore, Zoe Speas).
“They’ve put a woman on the stage!” Nell Gwynn (Alison Luff) becomes a stage sensation in England. (Also pictured left to right: Catherine Flye, Quinn Franzen, Christopher Dinolfo, Kevin Collins.)
Orange seller Nell Gwynn (Alison Luff, center) addresses the King’s Acting Company backstage in Folger Theatre’s Nell Gwynn. (Pictured left to right: Nigel Gore, Catherine Flye, Kevin Collins, Christopher Dinolfo, Alex Michell, Michael Glenn.)
Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following sponsors.
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
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.