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  Nell Gwynn at Folger Theatre

Nell Gwynn

Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell's spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. Now this heartwarming and hilarious look at an amazing woman - a "gloriously funny and touching bio-drama" (Telegraph) that's "an absolute treat" (The Times) - can be enjoyed at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC.

Thru - Mar 10, 2019

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $42-$79

Box Office: 202-544-7077

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  Nell Gwynn Reviews
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MetroWeekly - Somewhat Recommended

"...Unfortunately, all of this rather rains on the parade of the very talented Alison Luff, for whom this is truly a star vehicle. Giving Gwynn a fresh-faced, musical-theater magic, she plays every minute for keeps and offers a completely, unexpectedly gorgeous singing voice. She is deeply fun to watch, even if her boob-top display threatens to steal the show. The other standouts here are Quinn Franzen who gives his Mr. Hart much presence and some subtle humor and R.J. Foster as King Charles II, who delivers the perfect blend of arch entitlement and vulnerability, while offering some excellent comic timing. Finally, Nigel Gore offers some cleverly dry delivery in his theater director Thomas Killigrew and Regina Aquino nails it with her rivalrous mistresses Lady Castlemaine and Louise de Keroualle."

Kate Wingfield

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...One of the funniest moments in Nell Gwynn is when Nell talks up what she could bring to the theater (other than her figure, which, true to the times, is prominently on display, including limbs and bosom-bearing at climactic moments.) to theater owner Thomas Killigrew (a marvelously addled Nigel Gore), the acting company and playwright John Dryden (Michael Glenn, winningly at sea playing a writer trying to keep up with the changing mores)."
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Jayne Blanchard

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