Reviewed by Emily Crombie
It is 5 stars all the way for Nell Gwynn. This fabulous show is running at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until Saturday 22nd April 2017. It really is one of the very best shows we have seen in recent times.
As of 2016 winner of the Olivier Award for best new comedy, Nell Gwynn, written by Jessica Swale, is based on King Charles II mistress who became a heroine of the people. Set in 1668, it tracks the rise of Nell from orange seller to theatre star to adored mistress. It is based on the few facts there are from that time, with a little artistic license thrown in! The show is very cleverly written with parallel ironies to modern day life and politics, all delivered with great humour.
Laura Pitt-Pulford plays the quick witted and flamboyant Nell with great passion and a fabulous voice. Ben Righton takes on the role of King Charles II recently returned from exile. He is set on a course of self-preservation to avoid the same fate as his father. There is great chemistry between all the cast members and the comic timing in their delivery is spot on through-out.
The musicians lead by musical director Emily Baines, further adds to the period with traditional instruments including a Hurdy-Gurdy!
The 17th century grandeur of the staging fits perfectly with the gilded décor of the King’s Theatre. Situated in Leven Street in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, the theatre, which opened in 1906, seats 1350 people over three levels. We were seated in the middle the stall where we had a great view and the seating was comfortable. There is on street parking in the area although it can be busy.
Tickets cost from £18 to £31.50 (booking fees may apply).
Nell Gwynn is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 18-22 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000