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The Resoration of Nell Gwyn

Running Time Approximately 95 minutes plus interval Suitable for 14+ years A new comedy by Steve Trafford with songs by Henry Purcell Full of humour and bawdy wit, this new comedy transports us into the wanton world of the English Restoration. King Charles II lies ill, Nell Gwyn, his royal whore, once the brightest star of the Restoration theatre, rages against her fate. What will become of her if Charles is summoned to his Maker? What perils will befall the English nation? Mistress Gwyn and Margery, her maid, lead us a merry dance, filled with their laughter, their tears and Nell's enchanting songs of the Baroque: a rollicking romp with a sting in its tail. Mansfield and her co-writer, Steve Trafford manage to get to the heart and soul of their subjects, and the songs are so skilfully interwoven that they truly add to the story. *** What's On Stage for Portraits in Song Post Show Discussion with Professor Brean Hammond on 17 November.