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 this fall. Be transported to the flamboyant world of seventeenth-century London, dripping with decadent excess and bawdy amusements. A 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.


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About the Director

Christopher Luscombe, who staged the debut London production, returns to direct the North American premiere of Nell Gwynn.
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Free Enrichment Programs

This free series of programs offers lectures and talkbacks on ideas embodied in the play as well as opportunities to meet the cast.
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Access Program

CST looks to provide the best possible seats and service to make our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons.
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The Players

Creative Team

Jessica Swale Playwright

Christopher Luscombe Director

Nigel Hess Composer

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

Lanise Shelley Assistant Director


David Bedella Edward Kynaston

William Dick Thomas Killigrew

Jeff Diebold Ensemble

Emily Gardner Xu Hall Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle

Timothy Edward Kane King Charles II

Emma Ladji Rose

Hollis Resnik Ma Gwynn/Portuguese Queen

Emily Rohm Ensemble

Christopher Sheard John Dryden

Scarlett Strallen Nell Gwynn

John Tufts Charles Hart

Natalie West Nancy

Larry Yando Lord Arlington

Dylan Obrochta Ensemble Intern

Carter Sherman Ensemble Intern

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