Nell Gwynn wins Olivier

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Sun 03 Apr 2016 20:42

Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn has won the Best New Comedy Award at the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard.

The romp made its world premiere at Shakespeare’s Globe before transferring into the West End with Gemma Arterton leading the current cast as the title character, Charles II’s mistress who rose from orange seller to become one of the first women to grace the stage.

The hilarious, heart-warming production triumphed in a hotly contested category that also included a radical retelling of A Christmas Carol, Broadway hit Hand To God and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a new comedy by the Olivier Award-winning team behind The Play That Goes Wrong.

Writing about the West End opening of Christopher Luscombe’s production, Official London Theatre said: “This is a joyful evening of theatre. Arterton is a sparkling stage presence, creating a Gwynn strong enough to take a massive step onto the stage for women, taunt monarchs and stand up to politicians, but with a frailty hidden not far below the surface… director Christopher Luscombe has helped his cast deliver performances as belly laugh-inducingly funny as I remember seeing in the West End.”

Audiences still have until 30 April to catch the Olivier Award-winning show at the Apollo Theatre. You can book tickets through us here.