“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They put a woman on the stage!”

“It is required, you do awake your faith”

 

July —
August
2019

Company

Director
Robert Forknall

Design
Robin Soutar

Casting Director
Suzy Catliff CDG

Company Stage Manager
Guy Benedict Jones

Assistant Stage Manager
James Kiell

Administrator
Dawn Archer

Marketing Director
Howard Corley

Graphic Design
Dan Bull

Photography
Nic Dawkes

 

 

Cast

To Be Continued…

 

Nell Gwynn
Jessica Swale

“They’ve disgraced our trade. Ruined our art. They put a woman on the stage!”

London, 1660, King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with the love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. And at Drury Lane a young Nell Gwynn is causing stirrings amongst the theatregoers. Nell Gwynne 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?

The British female playwright Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and was nominated for five awards, winning a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Similarly to Gwynn’s controversy within the plot, the plays premiere also created debate for drama-lovers due to the casting of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the protagonist Nell Gwynn. The mixed-race woman was to play a historically white figure, nevertheless the actors remarkable performance which led to her nomination for Best Actress at the 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards, quelled all questioning.

The Winter’s Tale 
William Shakespeare 

‘It is required, you do awake your faith.’

The Winter’s Tale, a wonderful fairy story set in Sicily and Bohemia. Leontes has everything a man could want, Wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends. But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family. With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just hint of …ABBA

The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous but challenging stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’