Nell Gwynn

Actor Charles Hart (Quinn Franzen) takes center stage, as the rest of the Company looks on (l to r: Catherine Flye, Alex Michell, Caitlin Cisco, Christopher Dinolfo, Nigel Gore, Zoe Speas). Brittany Diliberto
Performance Dates

“They’ve never seen anything like it…”

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell’s spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London and makes its East Coast premiere at the Folger.
An Olivier Award-winner for Best New Comedy has been hailed as "gloriously funny and touching" (Telegraph) and “an absolute treat” (The Times).

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
140 minutes


Thomas Killigrew
Lord Arlington
John Dryden
Lady Catlemaine, Louise de Keroualle
Edward Kynaston
Rose Gwynn
King Charles II
Nell Gwynn
Charles Hart
Queen Catherine, Musician
Ned Spigget

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Choreographer for plays
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Diane Healy, Production Stage Manager