RADS to perform award-winning comedy

Sam Morrison and Dan Westgarth who play the lead characters, Nell Gwynn and King Charles II.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society is tackling an award-winning play this summer on a seven-night run as they bring to stage Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn.

The play, which scooped the Best New Comedy at the 2016 Olivier Awards, will be staged at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.

Nell Gwynn tells the true story of the titular character, an orange seller who rises to become one of the first and most celebrated female actors on the English stage during the Restoration period.

The play combines humour, romance, and drama, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs of women in the performing arts.

It also deals with the difficulties Nell faces in dealing with her roots after she famously becomes one of King Charles II many mistresses.

“We are excited to bring Jessica Swale’s enchanting play to life,” said director Max Walker.

“Nell Gwynn’s story is not only entertaining but also incredibly inspiring.

“Her journey from obscurity to fame, set against the backdrop of the theatrical revolution of the 17th century, resonates with contemporary themes of resilience and empowerment.”

The show runs from Thursday, July 25 to 27  and Weds, July 31 to Saturday, August 3.

Tickets are available online at https://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk or via the box office on 01748 825252.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society performs three plays a year, and is open to new members for both onstage and backstage roles.

Monthly club nights open to members and non-members are held at 6-8 Castle Hill, Richmond on the second Monday of the month.

For further info about joining RADS please contact Gregan on membership@richmond-ads.org.uk