Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Nell Gwynn

by Jessica Swale
directed by William W. Lewis

February 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm – Livestream
February 20, 2021 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm – Digital Performance
February 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm – Digital Performance


“...a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos involved in putting on a play.” —
The Guardian

It’s 1660 in England — and the Restoration of King Charles II has brought theatre booming back to life. Stages across London are bursting with all things bawdy, extravagant, and sexy — including the young Nell Gwynn. From a Coal Yard Alley prostitute to Drury Lane orange seller, to London’s brightest stage star (and one of its first actresses), Nell’s unapologetic humor and fiery spirit win her a place in the hearts of the King and the English public. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016, we hope Nell Gwynn will bring the stages of the Purdue University Department of Theatre roaring back to life — both in our theatres and livestreamed to you!



Produced in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre
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