Nell Gwynn

September 20

November 4, 2018

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by Jessica Swale
directed by Christopher Luscombe


The Play

The Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, which took audiences by storm in its Shakespeare’s Globe London debut, has its American premiere in the Courtyard Theater this fall. Be transported to the flamboyant world of seventeenth-century London, dripping with decadent excess and bawdy amusements. Her quick wit and exceptional beauty propel the winsome Nell Gwynn from selling oranges on the streets of London’s burgeoning theater district to performing on its stages. Nell captures the hearts of her audiences—and England’s King Charles II. Thrust into the royal spotlight, the king’s mistress is dealt a new role as the nation's sweetheart in this joyous song- and dance-filled romantic comedy.



Video: "I've never done a play quite like it"

Gallery: In Rehearsal: Nell Gwynn

Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Nell Gwynn


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Q&A with the Playwright

"Part of the joy of writing Nell Gwynn has been sketching around the bones of the known facts, imagining and inventing."
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The Story

The Commonwealth is dead. Long live the King! As she enchants her theater-going public, Nell also captures the heart of England’s new king.
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Who was Nell Gwynn?

Much of what we know about Nell’s early life is based on popular conjecture, conflicting reports, and speculation.
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The Players

Creative Team

Jessica Swale Playwright

Christopher Luscombe Director

Nigel Hess Music

Hugh Durrant Scenic Designer/Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Stephen Ptacek Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Amber Mak Choreographer

Jermaine Hill Music Director

Eva Breneman Dialect Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Laura Stanczyk New York Casting

Allison Selby Cook Associate Music Director

Lanise Antoine Shelley Assistant Director

Theresa Ham Associate Costume Designer


David Bedella Edward Kynaston

Allison Selby Cook Associate Music Director/Ensemble

Richard David Ned Spiggett

Jeff Diebold Ensemble

Emily Gardner Xu Hall Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle

Timothy Edward Kane King Charles II

Emma Ladji Rose

Justin LaForte Ensemble

Nicholas J. Ober Ensemble

Laura Osterlund Ensemble

Hollis Resnik Ma Gwynn/Portuguese Queen

Emily Rohm Ensemble

Christopher Sheard John Dryden

Scarlett Strallen Nell Gwynn

John Tufts Charles Hart

Bret Tuomi Thomas Killigrew

Natalie West Nancy

Larry Yando Lord Arlington

Dylan Obrochta Ensemble Intern

Carter Sherman Ensemble Intern

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