In 1663 the King's Company, led by Thomas Killigrew, opened a new playhouse, the Theatre in Bridges/Brydges Street, which was later rebuilt and renamed the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Pepys diary for 2 March 1667; spelling and punctuation from Beauclerk, p. 97. He also paid off the mortgage on Gwyn's Nottinghamshire Lodge at Bestwood, which remained in the Beauclerk family until 1940. Before seeing Three Sisters Theatre Company’s production, I’d dismissed the 17th century British monarch as a foppish hedonist who was a good argument for republicanism. Swale is a director turned writer, whose first play, Blue Stockings, premiered at the Globe in 2013. Pepys reports the news on 13 July: "[Mr. Pierce tells us] Lord Buckhurst hath got Nell away from the King's house, lies with her, and gives her £100 a year, so she hath sent her parts to the house, and will act no more. The King and the Duke of York were at the play. [4], Nell Gwyn is reported in a manuscript of 1688 to have been a daughter of "Thos [Thomas] Guine a Capt [captain] of ane antient fammilie in Wales", although the reliability of the statement is doubtful as its author does not seem to have hesitated to create or alter details where the facts were unknown or perhaps unremarkable. That same year she appeared in Limelight, a backstage film musical in which she played a chorus girl. An inscribed stone of 1680, saved and reinserted in the front wall of the present building, shows a carved mask which is probably a reference to her stage career. She was taught her craft of performing at a school for young actors developed by Killigrew[19] and one of the fine male actors of the time, Charles Hart, and learned dancing from another, John Lacy; both were rumoured by satirists of the time to be her lovers, but if she had such a relationship with Lacy (Beauclerk thinks it unlikely), it was kept much more discreet than her well-known affair with Hart. [25], There is some debate over the year The Mad Couple debuted, with earlier authorities believing it to be 1667. The play itself is a perfect cocktail of history, comedy and drama. Cinderella-like Nell Gwynn (a luminous Gugu Mbatha-Raw) made the astonishing journey from illiterate Cheapside commoner to Charles II’s bedchamber, via a celebrated stint as one of England's first stage actresses. [49] Nell Gwyn's theatrical career spanned seven years and ended at the age of 21 (if we take 1650 to be her birth year). Nell Gwyn (1934) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. This play, a tragicomedy written by the theatre's house dramatist, John Dryden, was performed in March 1667. It was a great success: King Charles "graced it with the Title of His Play"[29] and Pepys' praise was effusive: ... to the King's house to see 'The Maiden Queen', a new play of Dryden's, mightily commended for the regularity of it, and the strain and wit; and the truth is, there is a comical part done by Nell, which is Florimell, that I never can hope ever to see the like done again, by man or woman. Oscar Duffy enjoys an evening of raucous Restoration fun with Durham University Classical Theatre’s Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale. ", "If it please your Majesty," she replied, "there is but one way left, which expedient I am afraid it will be difficult to persuade you to embrace. On stage Jan. 29 - Mar. Gwyn’s early life is surrounded by so much history that it’s not even clear … Select from premium Nell Gwyn of the highest quality. Edward J. Davies, "Nell Gwyn and 'Dr Gwyn of Ch. So is that of Juliette Compton as Lady Castlemaine. Gwyn and her mother spent some of this time in Oxford, following the King and his court. A look at the award-winning comedy NELL GWYNN at Folger Theatre on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Nell Gwyn Titre original: Nell Gwyn ( Film ) Nell Gwyn 01 August 1934. Plenty of tongue-in-cheek laughs…in this amusing new comedy-with-music. [38], Late in 1667, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham took on the role of unofficial manager for Gwyn's love affairs. Alumni of DST; Alumni Companies; Select Page. The orange-girls would also serve as messengers between men in the audience and actresses backstage; they received monetary tips for this role and some of these messages would end in sexual assignations. During the decade of protectorate rule by the Cromwells, pastimes regarded as frivolous, including theatre, had been banned. He saw a theatre bill headlined by "Dolly Elswrothy" and remembered a sketch he saw where Elsworthy played Nell Gwyn. "[60] Her will and codicil were proved on 7 December 1687. Nell Gwyn, original name Eleanor Gwyn, (born Feb. 2, 1650, London, Eng.—died Nov. 14, 1687, London), English actress and mistress of Charles II, whose frank recklessness, generosity, invariable good temper, ready wit, infectious high spirits, and amazing indiscretions appealed irresistibly to a generation that welcomed in her the living antithesis of Puritanism. Nell answered then, "I was but one man's whore, though I was brought up in a bawdy-house to fill strong waters to the guests; and you are a whore to three or four, though a Presbyter's praying daughter!".[12]. Find something else to fight about. "[63], In 1937, a new ten-storey block of 437 flats in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, was given the name Nell Gwynn House, and in a high alcove above the main entrance is a statue of Gwyn, with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel at her feet. Three cities make the claim to be Nell Gwyn's birthplace: Hereford, London (specifically Covent Garden), and Oxford. Get ’em off (1976) is an amusing and dated film about the history of stripping mainly filmed at the Nell Gwynn and The Gargoyle Club in London’s Soho. Theatre historian Elizabeth Howe goes so far as to credit the enduring success of the gay couple on the Restoration stage entirely to "the talent and popularity of a single actress, Nell Gwyn". Nell Gwyn has appeared as the principal, or a leading character, in numerous stage works and novels, including: "Protestant whore" redirects here. In February 1671, Nell moved into a brick townhouse at 79 Pall Mall. A letter from Wigmore to Etherege, the day after Nell's burial, reports that Nell left 'about 1,000,000 l. stirling, a great many say more, few less'. There are two stories about how the elder of her two children by Charles was given the Earldom of Burford, both of which are unverifiable. In 1667, Nell Gwyn made such a match with Charles Sackville, titled Lord Buckhurst at that time. Unlike the King’s hoity-toity, high-born mistresses, Nell could drink, swear, and effortlessly take down her well-bred rivals. The author of her 1752 biography relates a conversation (more than likely fabricated) between Nell and Charles II in which he, feeling at a loss, said, "O, Nell! [14]) Duncan provided Gwyn with rooms at a tavern in Maypole Alley,[15] and the satires also say he was involved in securing Nell a job at the theatre being built nearby. Nonetheless, since players of less substantial parts are seldom mentioned in cast lists or playgoers' diaries of the period, an absolute date for Gywn's debut cannot be ascertained.[21]. Emma Mackey has landed her first major lead role in a feature film as We are hearing she is attached to star in Working Title's Nell Gwynn. She was 37 years old (if she was born in 1650). Her first recorded appearance on-stage was in March 1665, in John Dryden's heroic drama The Indian Emperour, playing Cydaria, daughter of Moctezuma and love interest to Cortez, played by her real-life lover Charles Hart. She lived there when the King was in residence at Windsor Castle. During Gwyn's first years with Charles, there was little competition in the way of other mistresses: Barbara Palmer was on her way out in most respects, certainly in terms of age and looks, while others, such as Moll Davis, kept quietly away from the spotlight of public appearances or Whitehall. 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