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AMERICAN PREMIERE

Nell Gwynn

September 20

November 4, 2018

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by Jessica Swale
directed by Christopher Luscombe

A visually spectacular evening! Plenty of tongue-in-cheek laughs…in this amusing new comedy-with-music.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Theatre at its best! The kind of joie de vivre that makes you want to go back to see it again and again.

CHICAGO ON STAGE

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The Play

The Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, which took audiences by storm in its Shakespeare’s Globe London debut, now has its American premiere. Be transported to the flamboyant world of seventeenth-century London, dripping with decadent excess and bawdy amusements, in this song-and-dance-filled comedy. Nell Gwynn's quick wit and exceptional beauty propel her from selling oranges on the streets of London’s burgeoning theater district to performing on its stages, where she captures the hearts of her audiences—and England’s King Charles II.

 

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Video: “Such a fun show...This is a big hit”

Video: Fall in love with pretty, witty Nell

Gallery: Nell Gwynn

 

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Critical Acclaim

Stage and Cinema raves, “Enchanting exuberance...Scarlett Strallen’s deservedly praised Nell beguiles and seduces everyone in the house”
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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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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

Cast

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

Rengin Altay Understudy

Emily Goldberg Understudy

Colin Lawrence Understudy

Maddy Low Understudy

Colter Schmidt Understudy

Kelsey Shipley Understudy

Robert Sicklesteel Understudy

Ryan Stajmiger Understudy

David Turrentine Understudy

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