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English Touring Theatre will open their UK Tour of Jessica Swale’s much anticipated Nell Gwynn, starring Laura Pitt-Pulford in the title role, at The Lowry.
The production, directed by Christopher Luscombe begins its tour at the The Lowry in Salford, running from Tue 1- Sat 4 March. It then goes on to tour at multiple UK venues before returning to Shakespeare’s Globe in May 2017.
Swale’s warm-hearted, bawdy bio-drama (winner of 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King.
Jessica Swale is an award-winning playwright and the Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company. Her first play, Blue Stockings was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2012 and is a Drama GCSE set text. Other writing includes, All’s Will that Ends Will, Thomas Tallis, The Playhouse Apprentice, adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Secret Garden, Stig of the Dump and a new play, The Mission, about illegal adoptions in the 1920s.
Laura Pitt-Pulford plays Nell Gwynn. Her theatre credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Piaf, Hello Dolly! (Curve), The Smallest Show on Earth (UK tour) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
The play is directed by Christopher Luscombe.
The Shakespeare’s Globe Production of Nell Gwynn is presented by English Touring Theatre in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black.