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Nell Gwynn finally takes to the stage


The Cotswold Players’ production of Nell Gwynn reached its a final dress rehearsal in March 2020 on the very day that the first lockdown began. Now, at last, the Cotswold Players are thrilled to bring it to stage.

One remarkable woman; one floundering Playhouse; one lust-filled Royal Court. And oranges!

London 1660. King Charles II, the newly restored Monarch, throws open the theatres after years of puritanical rule and austerity. He then revolutionises theatre by permitting women to act on stage for the first time in British history.

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The dress rehearsal for Nell Gwynn at the Cotswold Playhouse Theatre, Stroud.

Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn is an entertaining comedy about the life of Nell Gwynn from her inauspicious roots in a backstreet brothel to becoming an orange seller; to becoming one of the first women on stage; to becoming one of King Charles’ most beloved and enduring mistresses.

Packed full of comedy, great characters, drama and heartache and with plenty of live music, Nell Gwynn celebrates a life as vivid and colourful as anything fiction could invent! 

The play was first produced at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015, transferred to the West End in 2016 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in that year.

The Cotswold Players’ production takes place at the Cotswold Playhouse from October 19th to 23rd with performances at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). Tickets are available at or phone 0333 666 3366

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