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Nelly- A Folk Musical

Do The Write Thing presents, Nelly-A Folk Musical.

Twenty years on from his published biography, writer Graham Hopkins finally gets his Nelly – A Folk Musical onto the stage!

In Restoration England, Nell Gwynne became the most famous woman alive. Theatre is all about storytelling. Folk music is all about storytelling. And Nell Gwynne-what a story! Born into poverty the young Nelly was a cinder girl, a fish hawker, an orange seller but became the leading comedy actress of her day.

She is perhaps best known to history as the mistress of Charles II. But is really known to us because she was funny. Samuel Pepys called her “pretty witty Nell”. Playwrights, poets and politicians – the sharpest minds courted her and were part of her “merry gang”.

Hopkins brought together some of the folk world’s best songwriters, Jo Freya, Robb Johnson (“An English original”, The Guardian), Reg Meuross (“one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced” BBC Radio 2), Lucy Ward (“impressive and original”, The Guardian), Boff Whalley (ex-Chumbawamba), and Dave Wilson (Winter Wilson – “Special” RnR Magazine) to create 19 belting songs which punctuate this story of a remarkable woman in a fascinating time – the king restored to the throne, plague, Great Fire, and plots galore.

This is a colourful story, funny and moving, performed by actors Emily Jane Brooks (Nelly) and Conor Lynam (Charles II and all male roles.)

Additional Information

· Suitable for 12+ some adult themes and fruity language! · Doors will open 30 minutes before performance time, refreshments will be available at the bar before, during the interval and after the performance, doors close 30 minutes after the performance. · The event will last approximately two and a half hours- The first half is just over one hour, a 20 minute interval and then another hour of performance. Never been to St Mary's Guildhall? You can find our more on our website. Accessibility For everyone to enjoy St Mary’s Guildhall, there is a lift to the first floor and rising platform into the Muniment Room. There is a new spiral staircase to the 2nd floor and where access is not step free, 360 panoramic views of the rooms are available on the digital tour tablets. There are toilets and baby changing facilities on the ground floor located opposite the Cloisters. Parking for St Mary's Guildhall If you’re planning a trip to St Mary’s Guildhall by car, you can park in the city centre at a variety of available car parks. The closest ones are: Salt Lane Multi-Storey Grove Street surface car park For further details please visit Parking - Coventry City Council