Theatre at its best! [10] The fact that "Gwyn" is a name of Welsh origin might support Hereford, as its county is on the border with Wales; The Dictionary of National Biography notes a traditional belief that she was born there in Pipe Well Lane, renamed to Gwynne Street in the 19th century. [9] The company that bought it was British National Pictures. In May 1665, she appeared opposite Hart in James Howard's comedy All Mistaken, or the Mad Couple. she exclaimed, in an imitation of the King's manner of speaking, "but this is the poorest company I ever was in! 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. [1] On the other hand, an account published in The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist in 1838 states that she was born about 1642. "[12] It was sold to the US for £28,000. [26] The King's Company is presumed to have mounted some private theatrical entertainments for the court during this time away from the virulent capital. If they can put together other pictures as simply and with as much dramatic effect as this story of Nell Gwyn they should have no difficulty obtaining a showing for them anywhere. 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. G 1934 1934-08-01 . Someone there asked, "What the deuce was the Cham of Tartary to you?" [37] Pepys reports that by 22 August 1667, Nell had returned to the King's Playhouse in The Indian Emperour. She had the proverbial rags to riches story: she began as an orange girl (selling oranges at the theater), became a comedic actress and a star, and eventually mistress to King Charles II. She’s become a folk heroine, and as such has … Nell Gwyn died from apoplexy "almost certainly due to the acquired variety of syphilis"[56] on 14 November 1687, at ten in the evening, less than three years after the King's death. Alumni of DST; Alumni Companies; Select Page. "Od's fish!" Wilcox arranged to finance the film with an accountant, everyone contributing half. “Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore” was Nell Gwyn’s cheeky retort to the masses pushing around her coach in the mistaken belief that it was that of the Duchess of Portsmouth, the Catholic Louise de Keroualle. The affair of Charles II and an orange-seller. Praised by Samuel Pepys for her comic performances as one of the first actresses on the English stage, she became best known for being a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Their relationship lasted perhaps two years and was reported with obscenity-laced acidity in several later satires; "For either with expense of purse or p---k, / At length the weary fool grew Nelly-sick". However, Pepys, whose diary usually has great things to say about Gwyn, was displeased with her performance in this same part two years later: "...to the King's playhouse, and there saw 'The Indian Emperour;' where I find Nell come again, which I am glad of; but was most infinitely displeased with her being put to act the Emperour's daughter; which is a great and serious part, which she do most basely."[23]. Whatever her first role as an actress may have been, it is evident that she had become a more prominent actress by 1665. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things extravagant and sexy. 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]. [34], Beauclerk describes Buckhurst: "Cultured, witty, satirical, dissolute, and utterly charming". King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. Pastoral Dance III. Ch. Nell gave birth to her first son, Charles, on 8 May 1670. Nell Gwynn. Her noble descendant Beauclerk pieces together circumstantial evidence to favour an Oxford birth. Eleanor Gwyn was a prolific celebrity figure of the Restoration period. English Touring Theatre Jessica Swale Laura Pitt-Pulford Nell Gwynn Shakespeare's Globe Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford The Reviews Hub - South East 29/03/2017 2 minutes read Her descendant and biographer Charles Beauclerk calls this conjecture, based solely on what is known of her later life. On stage Jan. 29 - Mar. The kind of joie de vivre that makes you want to go back to see it again and again. to which Nell responded, "Oh, exactly the same relation that the French Prince was to Mademoiselle de Kérouaille. When the King protested against her calling Charles that, she replied, "Your Majesty has given me no other name by which to call him." The earlier date of birth was asserted without documentation, but various scholars have supported both the earlier and later dates. Hate serious plays, as I do serious parts. [52] Her family's history has been published in the authoritative book: The House of Nell Gwyn (1974). Alexander Smith's 1715 Lives of the Court Beauties says she was born in Coal Yard Alley in Covent Garden and other biographies, including Wilson's, have followed suit. The affair of Charles II and an orange-seller. Several months later, Louise de Kérouaille came to England from France, ostensibly to serve as a maid of honour to Queen Catherine, but also to become another mistress to King Charles, probably by design on both the French and English sides. Gwyn herself seems to agree that drama did not suit her, to judge from the lines she was later made to say in the epilogue to a Robert Howard drama: We have been all ill-us'd, by this day's poet. A look at the award-winning comedy NELL GWYNN at Folger Theatre on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. It is possible that she herself was a child prostitute; Peter Thomson, in the Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, says it is "probable". A satire of the time describes this and also Hart's position now, in the face of competition from the upper echelons of society: Yet Hart more manners had, then not to tender [38], Late in 1667, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham took on the role of unofficial manager for Gwyn's love affairs. Gwyn returned to the stage again in late 1670, something Beauclerk calls an "extraordinary thing to do" for a mistress with a royal child. The Maiden Queen featured breeches roles, where the actress appeared in men's clothes under one pretence or another, and as Bax supposes "was one of the first occasions upon which a woman appeared in the disguise of a man";[33] if nothing else this could draw an audience eager to see the women show off their figures in the more form-fitting male attire. The play itself is a perfect cocktail of history, comedy and drama. TMDb: 6.6/10 5 votes. [24], It was in the new form of restoration comedy that Nell Gwyn would become a star. 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. [14], "Anna Neagle's Herbert Takes On A New Star", "Nell Gwyn (1926) - Herbert Wilcox - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie", "Dorothy Gish Made £41,000 from Three British Films", https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D04E6DF173BE233A2575AC1A9619C946795D6CF, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nell_Gwyn_(1926_film)&oldid=991340036, Pages using infobox film with unknown empty parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 15:23. Just after the death of Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of St Albans, on 5 January 1684, King Charles granted his son Charles, Earl of Burford, the title of Duke of St Albans, gave him an allowance of £1,000 a year, and also granted him the offices of Chief Ranger of Enfield Chase and Master of the Hawks in reversion (i.e., after the death of the current incumbents).[54]. The immorality of the period is suggested without being offensive, and for the second time this Summer a good picture has not been spoiled by prudery. Based on the Olivier-winning play by Jessica Swale, who is also adapting, the story follows the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II, and her part in the theatre of the 17th century. But Nell Gwynn at the Globe – a new play by Jessica Swale – offers a rather more up-close-and-personal experience. Basset was the popular game at the time, and Gwyn was a frequent—and high-stakes—gambler.[48]. Wilcox says the accountant reneged and he had to finance the film entirely himself. Much like the dispute over her date of birth, it is unclear when Gwyn began to perform professionally on the Restoration stage. The attraction had another dynamic: the theatres sometimes had a hard time holding onto their actresses, as they were swept up to become the kept mistresses of the aristocracy. It is around this time when she is first mentioned in Pepys' diary, specifically on Monday 3 April 1665, while attending a play, where the description 'pretty, witty Nell' is first recorded. Eleanor Gwyn (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687; also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a prolific celebrity figure of the Restoration period. Herbert Wilcox had filmed King Charles II's dalliance with the orange seller and actress Nell Gwyn ten years before, as a silent starring Dorothy Gish. [9] However, her specific connection to that family, if any, is unknown. Gwyn had two sons by King Charles: Charles Beauclerk (1670–1726) and James Beauclerk (1671–1680) (the surname is pronounced boh-clair). Alternate Versions. Book your Nell Gwynn tickets at London Theatre Direct! [2] The eight-year difference between these two possible birth years can offer different readings of what Nell achieved during her lifetime. Her return was in Dryden's The Conquest of Granada, a two-part epic produced in December 1670 and January 1671. Various anonymous verses are the only other sources describing her childhood occupations: bawdyhouse servant, street hawker of herring, oysters, or turnips, and cinder-girl have all been put forth. The King and the Duke of York were at the play. Ostracised at Court and with most of her retinue sent back to Portugal, Catherine had been left with little choice but to acquiesce to Charles's mistresses being granted semi-official standing. Unlike the King’s hoity-toity, high-born mistresses, Nell could drink, swear, and effortlessly take down her well-bred rivals. On stage Jan. 29 - Mar. Charles II had been restored to the English throne in 1660, and quickly reinstated the theatre. Gwyn is said to have complained that "she had always conveyed free under the Crown, and always would; and would not accept [the house] till it was conveyed free to her by an Act of Parliament." There is some suggestion, from a poem dated to 1681, again of doubtful accuracy, that Nell's father died at Oxford, perhaps in prison. [20] The use of 'Mrs' would imply that Gwyn was more likely born in 1642 than 1650 as it indicates an actress over the age of 21 (not her marital status) for which certain roles would be more suitable. 6.6. ‘Pretty, witty Nell’ was perhaps the best known and remembered mistress of King Charles II. Nell Gwynn is a play about theatre as much as anything else: its joy, its artifice and its uneasy marriage of entertainment and education. DUCT’s Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale has proved an interesting and fun choice, perfect for the festive season; it is a breezy and jolly production which … Nell Gwynn changed my opinion about King Charles II. The obscurity surrounding Nell's date of birth parallels numerous other obscurities that run through the course of her entire life. Nell Gwyn, an 1884 work by Robert Planquette; Mistress Nell, a 1901 play by George Cochrane Hazelton (actor); Nell-Go-In, a burlesque, based on the 1901 Hazelton play by George V. Hobart; Sweet Nell of Old Drury, a 1911 film starring Nellie Stewart; Mistress Nell, a 1915 film, starring Mary Pickford, … 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. The Catholic whore was still the Frenchwoman Louise de Kérouaille, who had been created Duchess of Portsmouth in 1673. Started From the Bottom? Charles Beauclerk was born in 1670 when Nell was 20. Nell Gwynn is a play by the British playwright Jessica Swale, begun in 2013 and premiering at Shakespeare's Globe from 19 September to 17 October 2015. When George Harrison Marks and Pamela Green were living and working in Gerrard Street in the 1960s, they were just a stone’s throw away from the two clubs, which shared the same building and were owned by Michael Klinger. [18] She was reputed to have been illiterate. Film; Box Office; Leadership and Development; Alumni. In 1667, Nell Gwyn made such a match with Charles Sackville, titled Lord Buckhurst at that time. [30], After seeing the play for the third time, Pepys writes, "It is impossible to have Florimel’s part, which is the most comical that ever was made for woman, ever done better than it is by Nelly. He saw a theatre bill headlined by "Dolly Elswrothy" and remembered a sketch he saw where Elsworthy played Nell Gwyn. The spelling of 'Gwin' does not refer to Nell Gwyn, but to Mrs. Anne Quin. Her mother Ellen (or a variant) (referred to in her lifetime as "Old Madam", "Madam Gwyn", and "Old Ma Gwyn") was born, according to a monumental inscription, in the parish of St Martin in the Fields, which stretched from Soho and Covent Garden to beyond Mayfair, and is thought to have lived most of her life there in the West End. By mid-1668, Gwyn's affair with the King was well-known, though there was little reason to believe it would last for long. Gwyn nicknamed Louise "Squintabella" for her looks and the "Weeping Willow" for her tendencies to sob. 'Tis our joint cause; I know you in your hearts Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. Nell Gwyn gave birth to her second child by the King, christened James, on 25 December 1671. She is also believed, by most Gwyn biographers, to have been "low-born". King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. 182–83, dismisses reported appearances in the late 1670s and early 1680s as non-credible, noting "the publicity that would have attended such a comeback is absent". 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. Another is that Nell grabbed young Charles and hung him out of a window of Lauderdale House in Highgate, where she briefly resided, and threatened to drop him unless he was granted a peerage. 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! [6][7] However, administration records show that Edmund Gwyn died unmarried. 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. On 26 August, Pepys learns from Moll Davis that, 'Nell is already left by my Lord Buckhurst, and that he makes sport of her, and swears she hath had all she could get of him; and Hart, her great admirer, now hates her; and that she is very poor, and hath lost my Lady Castlemayne, who was her great friend also but she is come to the House, but is neglected by them all'. 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'. Nell Gwynn By Jessica Swale Directed by Christopher Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark, London Sunday 4th October 2015, 1 pm CAST (as printed) The Ladies Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Nell Gwynn Anneika Rose - Rose Gwynn, her sister Sarah Woodward - Old Ma Gwynn, Nell's mother, a brothel madam Amanda Lawrence - Nancy, Nell's dresser and confidante… Graham Greene, then a film critic, said of Nell Gwynn: "I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches". In March 1687, Gwyn suffered a stroke that left her paralysed on one side. The couple had two children. [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). They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. September 20. The story moves quickly and surely, with nothing to strain one's credulity, and the acting of Miss Gish and Randie Ayrton, who takes the part of Charles, is excellent. For example, The Bodleian Manuscript of The Siege of Urbin has the part of Pedro (Melina- a maid servant in breeches) played by a 'Mrs. Set in late 17th century England, when women were first allowed to act on stage, Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. Beauclerk, p. 307, gives a slightly different quote. [35] He was one of a handful of court wits, the "merry gang" as named by Andrew Marvell. Nell Gwyn was assigned arms similar to those of the Gwynnes of Llansannor. [55] At the same time, James applied pressure on Nell and her son Charles to convert to Roman Catholicism, something she resisted. [11] She experimented with cross-dressing between 1663 and 1667 going under the name "William Nell" and adopting a false beard; her observations informed a most successful and hilarious character interpretation acting as a man on the stage in March 1667. For the Daniel Defoe character, see. [5] It has been suggested, based on the pedigree by Anthony Wood, that Nell was a granddaughter of Edward or Edmund Gwyn, Canon of Christ Church from 1615 to 1624. When noble Buckhurst beg'd him to surrender. In May, a second stroke left her confined to the bed in her Pall Mall house; she made out her will on 9 July and a codicil on 18 October with her executors, Laurence Hyde (the Earl of Rochester), Thomas Earl of Pembroke, Sir Robert Sawyer the Attorney General, and Henry Sidney each receiving £100. In addition to the properties mentioned above, Nell had a summer residence on the site of what is now 61–63 King's Cross Road, London, which enjoyed later popularity as the Bagnigge Wells Spa. A look at the award-winning comedy NELL GWYNN at Folger Theatre on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Old Madam Gwyn was by most accounts an alcoholic whose business was running a bawdy house (or brothel). [44] As her commitment to the King increased, though, her acting career slowed, and she had no recorded parts between January and June 1669, when she played Valeria in Dryden's very successful tragedy Tyrannick Love.[45]. [13] Tradition has her growing up in Coal Yard Alley, a poor slum off Drury Lane. Genre Film Released 2021 Writer Jessica Swale Director Toby Haynes Producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Michelle Wright But first there’s Nell Gwynn, a play written by her friend Jessica Swale. 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. Edward J. Davies, "Nell Gwyn and 'Dr Gwyn of Ch. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. 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. He also paid off the mortgage on Gwyn's Nottinghamshire Lodge at Bestwood, which remained in the Beauclerk family until 1940. Madam Gwyn is sometimes said to have had the maiden surname Smith. This was no easy task in the Restoration theatre; the limited pool of audience members meant that very short runs were the norm for plays and fifty different productions might be mounted in the nine-month season lasting from September to June. With Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother. There is no mention of the two sons that Nell bore Charles. Nell Gwynn. The first (and most popular) is that when Charles was six years old, on the arrival of the King, Nell said, "Come here, you little bastard, and say hello to your father." This may have been her last play; 1671 was almost certainly her last season. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions. That same year she appeared in Limelight, a backstage film musical in which she played a chorus girl. Country Dance II. Pepys diary for 2 March 1667; spelling and punctuation from Beauclerk, p. 97. "[36] Nell Gwyn was acting once more in late August, and her brief affair with Buckhurst had ended. Nell Gwyn grew up the streets and she wasn’t one to suffer fools. On 21 December 1676, a warrant was passed for "a grant to Charles Beauclerc, the King's natural son, and to the heirs male of his body, of the dignities of Baron of Heddington, co. Oxford, and Earl of Burford in the same county, with remainder to his brother, James Beauclerc, and the heirs male of his body. They were opposites in personality and mannerism; Louise a proud woman of noble birth used to the sophistication of Versailles, Nell a spirited and pranking ex-orange-wench. So is that of Juliette Compton as Lady Castlemaine. In what I … Wilcox later made a second version of the film in 1934, Nell Gwynn which starred Anna Neagle. Find the perfect Nell Gwyn stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. "[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. "[60] Her will and codicil were proved on 7 December 1687. [5], Wilcox said he got the idea to make the film after making The Only Way. She is especially remembered for one particularly apt witticism, which was recounted in the memoirs of the Comte de Gramont, remembering the events of 1681: Nell Gwynn was one day passing through the streets of Oxford, in her coach, when the mob mistaking her for her rival, the Duchess of Portsmouth, commenced hooting and loading her with every opprobrious epithet. The tale was an old dramatic chestnut, partly because it was set in London's theatreland, Covent Garden: for instance, Claude Rains's debut as a boy actor had been in 'Nell of Old Drury'. (Beauclerk, p. Nell Gwyn Titre original: Nell Gwyn ( Film ) Nell Gwyn 01 August 1934. Three cities make the claim to be Nell Gwyn's birthplace: Hereford, London (specifically Covent Garden), and Oxford. Charles invited Nell and her escort (a Mr. Villiers, a cousin of Buckingham's) to supper, along with his brother the Duke of York. [10], The New York Times wrote, "Whatever may be the shortcomings of English motion picture producers. [27], After the theatres reopened, Gwyn and Hart returned to play role after role that fit the mould of the gay couple, including in James Howard's The English Monsieur (December 1666), Richard Rhodes' Flora's Vagaries, an adaptation of John Fletcher's The Chances by George Villiers, and then in their greatest success, Secret Love, or The Maiden Queen.[28]. 97.). Whether this activity rose to the level of pimping may be a matter of semantics.[17]. The King cried out "God save the Earl of Burford!" "[46] The Duchess of Portsmouth's only recorded riposte was, "anybody may know she has been an orange-wench by her swearing"[47] Their relationship was not strictly adversarial; they were known to get together for tea and cards, for example. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. In one instance, recorded in a letter from George Legge to Lord Preston, Nell characteristically jabbed at the Duchess's "great lineage," dressing in black at Court, the same mourning attire as Louise, when a prince of France died. 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. Wilcox later made a second version of the film in 1934, Nell Gwynn which starred Anna Neagle. He also had a wife, Portuguese Queen consort Catherine of Braganza, whose pregnancies all ended in miscarriages, and she had little or no say over Charles's choice to have mistresses. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. Gwyn’s early life is surrounded by so much history that it’s not even clear … This was the King's seventh son—by five separate mistresses. In either case, the available evidence indicates that Nell was not a member of their family.[8]. This had come to a head shortly after their marriage in 1662, in a confrontation between Catherine and Barbara Palmer which became known as the "Bedchamber crisis". [41], The love affair between the King and Gwyn allegedly began in April 1668. by Jessica Swale directed by Christopher Luscombe. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell Gwyn is a 1926 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton and Juliette Compton. ", "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. Nell Gwyn (1934) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The stars of play Nell Gwynn have reunited with playwright Jessica Swale for a new film that’s on the cusp of release. London is the simplest choice, perhaps, since Nell's mother was born there and that is where she raised her children. 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. One way or another, Nell's father seems to have been out of the picture by the time of her childhood in Covent Garden, and her "dipsomaniac mother, [and] notorious sister", Rose, were left in a low situation. The latter starred Mbatha-Raw after premiering at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015, with Arterton taking over for … [25], The Great Plague of London shut down the Bridges Street theatre, along with most of the city, from mid-1665 until late 1666. CHICAGO ON … June 1668 found her in Dryden's An Evening's Love, or The Mock Astrologer, and in July she played in Lacy's The Old Troop, a farce about a company of Cavalier soldiers during the English Civil War, based on Lacy's own experiences. Charles was created Earl of Burford and later Duke of St. Albans. Crazy Credits. [citation needed] The work exposed her to multiple aspects of theatre life and to London's higher society: this was after all "the King's playhouse", and Charles frequently attended performances. 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. Additionally, 'Nelle' was intended to play the small role of Paulina, a courtesan, in Killigrew's Thomaso, or The Wanderer in November 1664, but the play seems to have been cancelled. Graham Greene, then a film critic, said of Nell Gwynn: "I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches". An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home. But Nell Gwynn at the Globe – a new play by Jessica Swale – offers a rather more up-close-and-personal experience. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian The chief delight lies in watching Arterton, who gives her funniest performance since the movie Tamara Drewe. 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