***Olivier Award Winner 2016: Best New Comedy ***

Following a sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s extraordinary play Nell Gwynn now transfers to London’s West End.

Welcome to England, 1660. The Puritans have been sent packing as Charles II makes his triumphal return to London following the restoration of the monarchy. After years in France, the King brings with him an appreciation for the bawdy and the boisterous. Meanwhile, the young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges on Drury Lane. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Swale’s acclaimed play is a sparklingly entertaining take on the true story of unlikely heroine Nell Gwynn who became one of the first women actors in England, winning the love of the public and of the King in the process. Starring the award-winning Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham) as the ‘witty and pretty’ Nell (or so said Samuel Pepys), the hilariously funny and deliciously ribald Nell Gwynn is not to be missed.

Playing at the Apollo Theatre from February, book your Nell Gwynn tickets today. 


'This West transfer is a triumph... a stellar event that sends ripples through the theatrical cosmos’
‘Arterton was born to play the part’

‘an absolute treat....it lifts you up and puts a smile on your face’

‘Gemma Arterton sparkles’ 


2h 35m


Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds after booking. 

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference.

If you choose collect at box office please print this and bring it with you on the day of the show a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.

If you choose post - tickets are sent 5 days after purchase.

Suitable For Children

12+ Contains references of a sexual nature.

Where Do I Go

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.

By Tube-Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

By Bus-1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176


4.5(50 reviews)
  • Dannip

    May 3, 2016

    All all-round dazzling performance by Gemma Arterton and her supporting cast. Funny, cleaver, witty and brilliantly acted - one of the best theatre performances I have ever seen!! Worth every single penny and would go again.

  • Polly

    May 1, 2016

    Wonderful cast - was in "stitches" for the majority of the show. Gemma Arterton was superb

  • Jemima Puddleduck

    Apr 30, 2016

    Lovely performance from Gemma Artterton (sp?) in this fun play. She manages to be the star but as part of the company - never a diva and completely natural - everyone gets a chance to shine a bit. Great fun and bawdy without being vulgar. The spaniel was also fabulous!

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