From her roots in Coal Yard Alley, to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, to her hard-won place in the heart of the king, Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine., a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court?

Mature content. May not be suitable for children under 13.

Photo Credit: Jerry Siegel


Jessica is an Olivier award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. She trained, Central School of Speech and Drama in London and Exeter University. As a writer, Jessica’s first play Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2012) won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination and is now on the GCSE drama syllabus. Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015) transferred to the West End starring Gemma Arterton and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Jessica is currently adapting Nell Gwynn as a feature film with Working Title. She is also writing the Horrible Histories movie for Altitude Pictures, alongside developing projects with Studio Canal and Fox Searchlight, and reuniting with Arterton for Summerland, her first directorial feature film.Other writing for theatre includes All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company), Thomas Tallis (Wanamaker Playhouse), adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill), The Secret Garden, Stig of the Dump (Grosvenor Park, Chester) and The Jungle Book (Northampton). She is currently working on a new play, The Mission, about secret adoptions in the 1920s. As director, Jessica set up Red Handed Theatre Company in 2006, with whom work includes The Belle's Stratagem (Evening Standard Best Director 2012 nomination), The Busy Body, The Rivals, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); The School for Scandal (Park Theatre) and Palace of the End (Arcola). Other credits include Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse), Bedlam (Shakespeare's Globe), Winter (Theatre Newfoundland, Canada) and Sleuth, Sense and Sensibility and Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre). Jessica is also an Associate Artist with NGO Youth Bridge Global, who use theatre as a development tool in war torn countries. She is author of a best-selling series of drama games books, published by Nick Hern Books and she is also involved in Times Up UK, actively campaigning for greater equality and diversity across theatre and film.

Cast + Crew

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J. L. Reed

Ned Spigget

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Maggie Birgel

Nell U/S

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Courtney Moors

Nell Gwynn

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Rob Shaw-Smith

King Charles II

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Eugene H. Russell IV

Charles Hart

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Anastasia Wilson


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Hannah Church


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Brandon Partrick

John Dryden

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Jasmine Thomas

Lady Castlemaine/Louise

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Jeff Hathcoat

Edward Kynaston

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Amanda Cucher

Lady Catherine/Ma Gwynn

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Doyle Reynolds


Emma Calabrese

Assistant Director

Dakota Adams

Stage Manager

Kellsey Hook

Production Manager

Lisa Green

Facilities Manager

Malcom Partridge

Assistant Stage Manager/Intern

Kat Conley

Scenic Designer

D. Conor McVey

Lighting Designer

Landi McAdams

Cosutme Designer

Jess Wells

Sound Designer

Jillian Haughey

Properties Designer

Hannah Taylor*

Design Observer/Intern

Kathy Janich


Jan Wilkstrom

Dialect Coach

Matt Brohammer

Master Carpenter

Neil Anderson

Master Electrician

Angela Aquino

Graphic Designer