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News > 'Nell Gwynn’ theatre visit

On Wednesday 15th March, the Year 11 and AS Drama students went to Malvern Theatre to watch ‘Nell Gwynn’ performed by the English Touring Theatre. Before the show, we were lucky enough to have a touch tour of the set and meet the actors. The performance was also audio described making it more accessible and enjoyable for the students.

Students outside Malvern Theatre

The play is set in 1660 on Drury Lane and is based around the character of Nell Gwynn, a lowly orange seller working in the West End theatre scene. At this time, only men were allowed to perform as actors, however a character called Charles Hart takes a gamble and puts Nell Gwynn on stage. As she becomes more popular and performs to sell out audiences, little does she know who is in the audience one fateful night. Charles II takes a fancy to her and she becomes his mistress. It was a play full of comedy, history, live music and dancing. I think we all agreed after the show that it was no wonder it has won Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and we would definitely recommend it to anyone that has the chance to watch it!

Ada

“I really enjoyed the show, it was very entertaining. I could follow the storyline easily as each character was easily distinguishable. Before watching the show we were able to experience a touch tour of the set which I found very useful. The actors were really informative and I learnt a lot about women characters being played by the male actors back in the 17th century. I found it interesting to learn about the first female actress in the theatre, Nell Gwynn.”

Luca

“Part of our AS Drama course is to experience live theatre. We were given the opportunity to explore the set before the show. I liked how they combined the two locations of the play, backstage of a theatre and the palace, just by changing the floor on the stage. We were also able to feel the costume, instruments and props used in the show. The performance itself was enjoyable, with some very comical moments.”

Nell Gwynn