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Winner – 2016 Olivier Award for best new comedy. Booking information click here
Jessica Swale’s award winning comedy is a poignant, tender & rumbustious romp, liberally sprinkled with comedy, truth and musical delights. Perfect for Picnic Theatre ! Performed open air in the grounds of stunning Waverley Abbey House – pack a picnic, uncork the wine and toast the summer in the company of Nell Gwynn and the court of King Charles II.
Box Office opens 1st May – click here for booking information.
The story of orange seller, Nell Gwynn, is as colourful as a Barbara Cartland novel – yet it is true. Nell’s rise from the misery of Coal Yard Alley to become Britain’s first celebrity actress, winning the heart of the king along the way, is the stuff of dreams. But there is a price to pay.
At a time when women are little more than possessions, can her undoubted charm and indomitable spirit protect her from the court plotters and schemers? And what will be the cost?
‘Ribald, buzzy and thoroughly cheering’
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ★★★★
Guildburys are a community theatre company and Nell Gwynn is an amateur performance by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. To receive details of this and other forthcoming shows join our mailing list here
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Contains bawdy humour.
Waverley Abbey House – our stunning PicnicTheatre in Farnham
Delicious desserts are available in the house!
Would you sacrifice a city to win a war?
It is the Autumn of 1940 and Katie, a young Coventry clerk, waits on the station platform in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire. There she meets Michael, a language don working as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park. As their romance deepens, Michael is secretive about his work. But when he and a colleague work on deciphering a coded enemy message and deduce that Coventry is to be attacked and pounded into rubble, he faces an agonising moral dilemma.
Having passed the information on to his section head, should he warn Katie and her family about the impending raid, risking disgrace and prosecution under the official secrets act ?
Underpinning Alan Pollock’s touching love story is a compelling and long held conspiracy theory. Did the Bletchley boffins warn Churchill of the impending raid ? Was the city sacrificed for the greater good and to protect the code breakers ? With its dramatic staging this is a gripping and poignant play.
“I have never felt so strongly the visceral horror of aerial attack……. a stunning evocation of the Coventry Blitz.” THE GUARDIAN
Produced by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays. Age recommendation 12+
Coming to Guildford’s Electric Theatre in November 2017.
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