Friday, 27 November 2015

Gemma Arterton returning to the West End

It has been confirmed that Gemma Arterton will play the title role in Jessica Swale's new play Nell Gwynn.

Transferring to the West End following its run at The Globe, Nell Gwynn will open at the Apollo Theatre on 12th February (previews from 4th February) for a limited run to 30th April 2016.

Arterton recently won an Evening Standard Theatre Award for her musical theatre debut in West End musical Made In Dagenham.

The actress made her professional stage debut at the Globe in 2007 as Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost. Last year she starred in the title role in The Duchess of Malfi. On stage Arterton has also starred as Hilde Wangel in Ibsen's The Master Builder (Almeida) and as Ellen in Jamie Lloyd's production of The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick). 

On screen she has played Tess in the BBC television adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Tamara Drewe in Stephen Frears' film of the same name. Her other film credits include: Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, St Trinian's, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Hansel and Gretel and Runner Runner.

It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching.

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