The Restoration of Nell Gwyn by Steve Trafford

By Steve Trafford

“A beautiful, witty and stylish re-interpretation of our nationwide treasure, Nell Gwyn. This new comedy is decided in her Pall Mall parlour, in 1685, the place the ‘Protestant Whore’ paces, laments, and panics on the approaching dying of Charles II, her lover and buyer. Destitution beckons after an entire life ‘applying her genius to delighting the king.’

Nell’s problem is shadowed by way of her devoted, wry, maidservant Margery, whose personal tale is a mystery narrative of well known yet defeated republicanism. She’s no whore, yet one other survivor of bloody tumult whose destiny is also hoist at the lifestyles and dying of a patriarch. We see Nell in breeches, an ideal boy, we pay attention her sing like an angel; Margery dances, empties chamber pots, and supplies either companionship and remark on revolution, recovery, lust, love, intercourse, category, and power.

Written with a richness of language that captures the bawdy wit of the recovery level, interwoven with Henry Purcell’s haunting songs of the English Baroque, this play is a very good vignette of england then and now within which the non-public is heroically, hilariously political.”

Beatrix Campbell OBE

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