Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Gugu to star in Nell Gwynn Featurette filmed by the Playwright Jessica Swale

Just Tweeted with Jessica Swale writer of Nell Gwynn at Shakespeare's Globe this Autumn. She has filmed a Featurette starring Gugu as Nell Gwynn. This is brilliant news for Gugu fans around the world who didn't get to her brilliant performances in London. I will let you know when this becomes available and in what format. See some of the Reviews below.

First short, tick! Made a Filmette of today with Gugu Mbatha-Raw &co. Good times- and wrapped in 24 hrs!


By Jessica Swale
19 September – 17 October
Running time:2 hours 35 mins including an interval 
Tickets£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats


Directed by
Christopher Luscombe
Designed by
Hugh Durrant
Composed by
Nigel Hess
Charlotte Broom 


Graham Butler
John Dryden
Greg Haiste
Edward Kynaston 
Angus Imrie
Ned Spiggett 
Richard KatzKilligrew
Amanda LawrenceNancy 
Gugu Mbatha-RawNell Gwynn
David RintoulArlington
Anneika RoseRose Gwynn
David SturzakerKing Charles II
Jay TaylorCharles Hart
Sasha WaddellLady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle
Sarah WoodwardMa Gwynn/Queen Catherine 

Please note: this production has now closed
 They've disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They've put a woman on the stage.
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who's watching. 
Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
Having delighted audiences with Blue Stockings in 2013, writer Jessica Swale returns to the Globe with this vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.
'British drama specialises in plays about theatre itself... And now Jessica Swale adds to this canon with Nell Gwynn, which threatens to turn into an overnight classic... we can’t imagine a more ideal playwright to bring this most vivid of feminist icons to life'
Culture Whisper


'An unending delight...' 
Evening Standard
'This superbly funny new play by Jessica Swale... a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre' 
Time Out
'Witty, vivacious drama...Gugu Mbatha-Raw is irresistible' 
Financial Times
'Christopher Luscombe’s ribald, buzzy production is perfectly at home at the Globe... The comedy is note-perfect' 
Daily Telegraph
'A celebration of the stage for its own sake, and a riotous end-of-term romp' 
'The life of Nell Gwynn was as vivid as anything fiction could invent and is given a bawdy, playfully anachronistic treatment in this highly entertaining new play'
The Observer
'Jessica Swale's warm and hearty new play'
Daily Mail 

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