The Kensington Swan season of

Nell Gwynn

By Jessica Swale

15 AUG - 30 AUG 2017 — Comedy



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours and 35 minutes including a 20 minute interval





LONDON, 1660. The drab, grey Puritans have gone and theatre is all the rage once more. There's a new fad for putting a woman, an 'actor-ess', on the stage and when The King's Company at Drury Lane casts the pretty, witty orange seller Nell Gwynn as its first leading lady, its royal patron, Charles II, is immediately smitten. Having captured the heart of her King, the unlikely heroine takes her country by storm and becomes a 17th century media sensation.

Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale's brilliant and bodacious new work about theatre's most legendary love affair is a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos involved in putting on a play. Hot on the heels of its original Globe Theatre premiere and successful West End remount, Nell Gwynn is a radiant, ravishing and rollicking celebration of history and the heart.



Preview - 2 Reserves $30 - $57

Premiere - 2 Reserves $30 - $59

Standard - 2 Reserves $30 - $84

Special Events.

Backstage Story

Monday 24 July 6:30pm at Ellerslie Racecourse Ascot Stand, 80 Ascot Ave


If you need help with directions, please call 09 309 0390 ext. 293

Girls' Night Out

Friday 25 August, 7pm | An extra special night out at the theatre with the girls! With a Girls' Night Out ticket you will be seated in the Circle (held exclusively for Girls' Night Out) for the performance of the Kensington Swan season of Nell Gwynn, receive a glass of Villa Maria bubbly, a goodie bag, an ice cream, a show programme, and the chance to win spot prizes before the show.

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SOLD OUT Sunday 27 August 2:45pm in the Villa Maria Gallery, Level 3 ASB Waterfront Theatre. Cost is $15 and includes a glass of wine, a tea or coffee, a selection of cafe treats, and a talk from a theatre expert.

Pre-Book your Car Park.

By exclusive arrangement with ASB, you can pre-book your car park in the Hamer St car park. For only $8 and a short walk to the theatre, the Hamer St car park is the stress free way the travel to the ASB Waterfront Theatre.

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A triumph of superb acting, design and wit
Janet McAllister, NZ Herald
This production of Nell Gwynn is ATC at their best; a frothy and thoughtful act of period drama revisionism
James Wenley, Theatrescenes
Boisterous entertainment
Nik Smythe, Theatreview
Claire Chitham’s Nell is a great mix of the bawdy, the perceptive and the witty, with a slight touch of the feminist. She is on stage for most of the play and she leads the cast with some clever routines, all the time trying to balance acting, the king's bedroom and her family commitments in her battles with lovers and royalty.
John Daly-Peoples, NBR