", "If it please your Majesty," she replied, "there is but one way left, which expedient I am afraid it will be difficult to persuade you to embrace. With Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother. Mary Meggs, a former prostitute nicknamed "Orange Moll" and a friend of Madam Gwyn's, had been granted the licence to "vend, utter and sell oranges, lemons, fruit, sweetmeats and all manner of fruiterers and confectioners wares," within the theatre. Beauclerk, p. 307, gives a slightly different quote. St Martin-in-the-Fields Burial inside churches had become fashionable in the mid-17th century. The orange-girls would also serve as messengers between men in the audience and actresses backstage; they received monetary tips for this role and some of these messages would end in sexual assignations. This was the King's seventh son—by five separate mistresses. "[53] A few weeks later, James was given "the title of Lord Beauclerc, with the place and precedence of the eldest son of an earl."[53]. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to … One of Charles' early acts as king was to license the formation of two acting companies and to legalise acting as a profession for women. Charles was created Earl of Burford and later Duke of St. Albans. Pepys reports the news on 13 July: "[Mr. Pierce tells us] Lord Buckhurst hath got Nell away from the King's house, lies with her, and gives her £100 a year, so she hath sent her parts to the house, and will act no more. Gwyn and the other ten "women comedians in His Majesty's Theatre" were issued the right (and the cloth) to wear the King's livery at the start of this exile, proclaiming them official servants of the King. Based on the Olivier-winning play by Jessica Swale, who is also adapting, the story follows the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II, and her part in the theatre of the 17th century. [40] Davis would be Nell's first rival for the King. Get ’em off (1976) is an amusing and dated film about the history of stripping mainly filmed at the Nell Gwynn and The Gargoyle Club in London’s Soho. [11], Wilcox says the film "was a riotous success throughout the world. If they can put together other pictures as simply and with as much dramatic effect as this story of Nell Gwyn they should have no difficulty obtaining a showing for them anywhere. 97.). Nell Gwyn grew up the streets and she wasn’t one to suffer fools. Stream Gratuit King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. [citation needed] The work exposed her to multiple aspects of theatre life and to London's higher society: this was after all "the King's playhouse", and Charles frequently attended performances. Nell Gwynn is known for her work on Monsura Is Waiting (2014), Jackie & Ryan (2014) and Red Flag (2010). Nonetheless, since players of less substantial parts are seldom mentioned in cast lists or playgoers' diaries of the period, an absolute date for Gywn's debut cannot be ascertained.[21]. He also paid off the mortgage on Gwyn's Nottinghamshire Lodge at Bestwood, which remained in the Beauclerk family until 1940. Her first recorded appearance on-stage was in March 1665, in John Dryden's heroic drama The Indian Emperour, playing Cydaria, daughter of Moctezuma and love interest to Cortez, played by her real-life lover Charles Hart. King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. Nell's will also conveys her charitable side with her leaving £100 to be distributed to the poor of the parish of St Martins-in-the-field and Westminster and £50 to release debtors from prison every Christmas[59]. Nell Gwynn, Oxford, Oxfordshire. The King and the Duke of York were at the play. [13], It did so well that British National Films signed Wilcox and Gish to make three more films together, which would be financed by Paramount. Film; Box Office; Leadership and Development; Alumni. Charles Beauclerk was born in 1670 when Nell was 20. "[42], Having previously been the mistress of Charles Hart and Charles Sackville, Gwyn jokingly called the King "her Charles the Third". Eleanor Gwyn (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687; also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a prolific celebrity figure of the Restoration period. [27], After the theatres reopened, Gwyn and Hart returned to play role after role that fit the mould of the gay couple, including in James Howard's The English Monsieur (December 1666), Richard Rhodes' Flora's Vagaries, an adaptation of John Fletcher's The Chances by George Villiers, and then in their greatest success, Secret Love, or The Maiden Queen.[28]. Set in late 17th century England, when women were first allowed to act on stage, Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. [3] It was based on the 1926 novel Mistress Nell Gwyn by Marjorie Bowen[4] and follows the life of Nell Gwynne, the mistress of Charles II. Once Nell left the acting profession, it would be at least ten years before his company revived The Maiden Queen and even the less favoured The Indian Emperour because "the management evidently felt that it would be useless to present these plays without her."[32]. "[63], In 1937, a new ten-storey block of 437 flats in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, was given the name Nell Gwynn House, and in a high alcove above the main entrance is a statue of Gwyn, with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel at her feet. The attraction had another dynamic: the theatres sometimes had a hard time holding onto their actresses, as they were swept up to become the kept mistresses of the aristocracy. Though Nell Gwyn was often caricatured as an empty-headed woman, John Dryden said that her greatest attribute was her native wit, and she certainly became a hostess who was able to keep the friendship of Dryden, the playwright Aphra Behn, William Ley, 4th Earl of Marlborough (another lover), John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, and the king's other mistresses. [4], Nell Gwyn is reported in a manuscript of 1688 to have been a daughter of "Thos [Thomas] Guine a Capt [captain] of ane antient fammilie in Wales", although the reliability of the statement is doubtful as its author does not seem to have hesitated to create or alter details where the facts were unknown or perhaps unremarkable. Much like the dispute over her date of birth, it is unclear when Gwyn began to perform professionally on the Restoration stage. On 21 December 1676, a warrant was passed for "a grant to Charles Beauclerc, the King's natural son, and to the heirs male of his body, of the dignities of Baron of Heddington, co. Oxford, and Earl of Burford in the same county, with remainder to his brother, James Beauclerc, and the heirs male of his body. The stars of play Nell Gwynn have reunited with playwright Jessica Swale for a new film that’s on the cusp of release. Britannica Explores 100 … "[31] Killigrew must have agreed with Pepys's opinion. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Shortly afterwards, the King granted to Nell and their son a house, which was renamed Burford House, on the edge of the Home Park in Windsor. A horoscope in the Ashmolean manuscripts gives her date of birth as 2 February 1650. [6], Dorothy Gish was paid £7,000 (£1,000 a week plus expenses[7]). Sometime after the end of April and her last recorded role that season (in Robert Howard's The Surprisal), Gwyn and Buckhurst left London for a country holiday in Epsom, accompanied by Charles Sedley, another wit in the merry gang. He aimed to provide King Charles II with someone who would supplant Barbara Palmer, his principal current mistress (and Buckingham's cousin), moving Buckingham closer to the King's ear. Her mother Ellen (or a variant) (referred to in her lifetime as "Old Madam", "Madam Gwyn", and "Old Ma Gwyn") was born, according to a monumental inscription, in the parish of St Martin in the Fields, which stretched from Soho and Covent Garden to beyond Mayfair, and is thought to have lived most of her life there in the West End. Nell Gwynn By Jessica Swale Directed by Christopher Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark, London Sunday 4th October 2015, 1 pm CAST (as printed) The Ladies Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Nell Gwynn Anneika Rose - Rose Gwynn, her sister Sarah Woodward - Old Ma Gwynn, Nell's mother, a brothel madam Amanda Lawrence - Nancy, Nell's dresser and confidante… Beauclerk, pp. Wilcox says the accountant reneged and he had to finance the film entirely himself. Pastoral Dance III. 118 likes. To save money he edited the fim himself[8], One report says the film was made for £20,000 and Wilcox sold it outright for £35,000. Nell Gwyn died from apoplexy "almost certainly due to the acquired variety of syphilis"[56] on 14 November 1687, at ten in the evening, less than three years after the King's death. London, 1660. By mid-1668, Gwyn's affair with the King was well-known, though there was little reason to believe it would last for long. In the next box was the King, who from accounts was more interested in flirting with Nell than watching the play. Alexander Smith's 1715 Lives of the Court Beauties says she was born in Coal Yard Alley in Covent Garden and other biographies, including Wilson's, have followed suit. If her good looks, strong clear voice, and lively wit were responsible for catching the eye of Killigrew, she still had to prove herself clever enough to succeed as an actress. She was buried on 30 July 1679, in her 56th year, at St Martin in the Fields. Mostly unnoticed by passers-by, this is believed to be the only statue of a royal mistress in the capital city.[64]. Nell Gwyn (Gwynne) by Ben Johnson “Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore” was Nell Gwyn’s cheeky retort to the masses pushing around her coach in the mistaken belief that it was that of the Duchess of Portsmouth, the Catholic Louise de Keroualle. This was the first of many appearances in which Gwyn and Hart played the "gay couple", a form that would become a frequent theme in restoration comedies. Basset was the popular game at the time, and Gwyn was a frequent—and high-stakes—gambler.[48]. That same year she appeared in Limelight, a backstage film musical in which she played a chorus girl. There is no mention of the two sons that Nell bore Charles. She lived there when the King was in residence at Windsor Castle. Lead Production Sponsors. “Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore” was Nell Gwyn’s cheeky retort to the masses pushing around her coach in the mistaken belief that it was that of the Duchess of Portsmouth, the Catholic Louise de Keroualle. Nell Gwyn is a 1926 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton and Juliette Compton. An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home. She was buried in the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 17 November 1687. In 1676, Gwyn was granted the freehold of the property, which remained in her family until 1693; as of 1960 the property was still the only one on the south side of Pall Mall not owned by the Crown. This has sparked some confusion. Their relationship lasted perhaps two years and was reported with obscenity-laced acidity in several later satires; "For either with expense of purse or p---k, / At length the weary fool grew Nelly-sick". [57] The Oxford Dictionary of Actors therefore suggests that 'perhaps most of her wealth was in trust or not in liquid assets' which might explain why the rich girl was so poor. The gay couple, broadly defined, is a pair of witty, antagonistic lovers, he generally a rake fearing the entrapment of marriage and she feigning to do the same in order to keep her lover at arm's length. English Touring Theatre Jessica Swale Laura Pitt-Pulford Nell Gwynn Shakespeare's Globe Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford The Reviews Hub - South East 29/03/2017 2 minutes read Madam Gwyn is sometimes said to have had the maiden surname Smith. She’s become a folk heroine, and as such has … There are two stories about how the elder of her two children by Charles was given the Earldom of Burford, both of which are unverifiable. Theatre historian Elizabeth Howe goes so far as to credit the enduring success of the gay couple on the Restoration stage entirely to "the talent and popularity of a single actress, Nell Gwyn". [30], After seeing the play for the third time, Pepys writes, "It is impossible to have Florimel’s part, which is the most comical that ever was made for woman, ever done better than it is by Nelly. 182–83, dismisses reported appearances in the late 1670s and early 1680s as non-credible, noting "the publicity that would have attended such a comeback is absent". When George Harrison Marks and Pamela Green were living and working in Gerrard Street in the 1960s, they were just a stone’s throw away from the two clubs, which shared the same building and were owned by Michael Klinger. She supposedly caught his eye during an April performance of All Mistaken, or The Mad Couple, especially in one scene in which, to escape a hugely fat suitor able to move only by rolling, she rolls across the stage herself, her feet toward the audience and her petticoats flying about. "Nell Gwyn" gives a peek at the king's amorous life, with only one other female consort – the Duchess of Portsmouth, played by Jeanne De Casalis. The plan failed; reportedly, Gwyn asked £500 a year to be kept and this was rejected as too expensive. Gwyn had two sons by King Charles: Charles Beauclerk (1670–1726) and James Beauclerk (1671–1680) (the surname is pronounced boh-clair). Performed by the Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. The anecdote turns charming if perhaps apocryphal at this point: the King, after supper, discovered that he had no money on him; nor did his brother, and Gwyn had to foot the bill. Before seeing Three Sisters Theatre Company’s production, I’d dismissed the 17th century British monarch as a foppish hedonist who was a good argument for republicanism. Nell Gwynn. It is not out of the question that Gwyn was merely echoing the satirists of the day, if she said this at all. Nell Gwyn Titre original: Nell Gwyn ( Film ) Nell Gwyn 01 August 1934. The Edward German music used in the film is known as "The Nell Gwyn Suite", an early 20th-century "light classical" favourite. There is some suggestion, from a poem dated to 1681, again of doubtful accuracy, that Nell's father died at Oxford, perhaps in prison. Three cities make the claim to be Nell Gwyn's birthplace: Hereford, London (specifically Covent Garden), and Oxford. She broke up the fight, saying, "I am a whore. The information we have about Nell is collected from various sources, including the plays she starred in, satirical poetry and pictures, diaries, and letters. Nell Gwyn, an 1884 work by Robert Planquette; Mistress Nell, a 1901 play by George Cochrane Hazelton (actor); Nell-Go-In, a burlesque, based on the 1901 Hazelton play by George V. Hobart; Sweet Nell of Old Drury, a 1911 film starring Nellie Stewart; Mistress Nell, a 1915 film, starring Mary Pickford, … When noble Buckhurst beg'd him to surrender. Nell'. Started From the Bottom? King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things extravagant and sexy. Genre Film Released 2021 Writer Jessica Swale Director Toby Haynes Producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Michelle Wright [25], There is some debate over the year The Mad Couple debuted, with earlier authorities believing it to be 1667. On stage Jan. 29 - Mar. Nell Gwynn. [24], It was in the new form of restoration comedy that Nell Gwyn would become a star. The Maiden Queen featured breeches roles, where the actress appeared in men's clothes under one pretence or another, and as Bax supposes "was one of the first occasions upon which a woman appeared in the disguise of a man";[33] if nothing else this could draw an audience eager to see the women show off their figures in the more form-fitting male attire. Dismiss your ladies, may it please your Majesty, and mind your business; the People of England will soon be pleased. Praised by Samuel Pepys for her comic performances as one of the first actresses on the English stage, she became best known for being a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Eleanor Gwyn was a prolific celebrity figure of the Restoration period. Someone there asked, "What the deuce was the Cham of Tartary to you?" Cinderella-like Nell Gwynn (a luminous Gugu Mbatha-Raw) made the astonishing journey from illiterate Cheapside commoner to Charles II’s bedchamber, via a celebrated stint as one of England's first stage actresses. Alumni of DST; Alumni Companies; Select Page. Nell Gwyn is a 1934 film starring Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Jeanne De Casalis. Her balance at Child's Bank was reported to be well over four figures, and she possessed almost 15,000 ounces of plate. This play, a tragicomedy written by the theatre's house dramatist, John Dryden, was performed in March 1667. "Od's fish!" Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. What shall I do to please the People of England? They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Gwyn is said to have complained that "she had always conveyed free under the Crown, and always would; and would not accept [the house] till it was conveyed free to her by an Act of Parliament." The new theatres were the first in England to feature actresses; earlier, women's parts had been played by boys or men. [10], The New York Times wrote, "Whatever may be the shortcomings of English motion picture producers. The latter starred Mbatha-Raw after premiering at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015, with Arterton taking over for … Nell Gwynn By Jessica Swale Directed by Christopher Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe, Southwark, London Sunday 4th October 2015, 1 pm CAST (as printed) The Ladies Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Nell Gwynn Anneika Rose - Rose Gwynn, her sister Sarah Woodward - Old Ma Gwynn, Nell's mother, a brothel madam Amanda Lawrence - Nancy, Nell's dresser and confidante… Nell Gwynn changed my opinion about King Charles II. N/A. [44] As her commitment to the King increased, though, her acting career slowed, and she had no recorded parts between January and June 1669, when she played Valeria in Dryden's very successful tragedy Tyrannick Love.[45]. Wilcox later made a second version of the film in 1934, Nell Gwynn which starred Anna Neagle. G In addition to the properties mentioned above, Nell had a summer residence on the site of what is now 61–63 King's Cross Road, London, which enjoyed later popularity as the Bagnigge Wells Spa. Directed by Herbert Wilcox. [25], The Great Plague of London shut down the Bridges Street theatre, along with most of the city, from mid-1665 until late 1666. It is around this time when she is first mentioned in Pepys' diary, specifically on Monday 3 April 1665, while attending a play, where the description 'pretty, witty Nell' is first recorded. Her plays include Blue Stockings and Nell Gwynn. [9] The company that bought it was British National Pictures. Gwyn returned to the stage again in late 1670, something Beauclerk calls an "extraordinary thing to do" for a mistress with a royal child. 1934 1934-08-01 . The details of Nell's background are somewhat obscure. The King cried out "God save the Earl of Burford!" He saw a theatre bill headlined by "Dolly Elswrothy" and remembered a sketch he saw where Elsworthy played Nell Gwyn. James II, obeying his brother's deathbed wish, "Let not poor Nelly starve," eventually paid most of Gwyn's debts and gave her an annual pension of £1,500. Gwyn and her mother spent some of this time in Oxford, following the King and his court. TMDb: 6.6/10 5 votes. Gwyn was attending a performance of George Etherege's She Wou'd if She Cou'd at the theatre in Lincoln's Inn Fields. During the decade of protectorate rule by the Cromwells, pastimes regarded as frivolous, including theatre, had been banned. Nell Gwyn is a 1926 British romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton and Juliette Compton. That same year she appeared in Limelight, a backstage film musical in which she played a chorus girl. I am torn to pieces by their clamours. Comedy about the life and career of Nell Gwynn, comic actress and famed mistress of King Charles II. [37] Pepys reports that by 22 August 1667, Nell had returned to the King's Playhouse in The Indian Emperour. Emma Mackey has landed her first major lead role in a feature film as We are hearing she is attached to star in Working Title's Nell Gwynn. CST’s Courtyard Theater. Nell Gwyn unveiled: Daring topless painting of Charles II's mistress to go on display after lying in a private collection for 50 years. Two years after Nell Gwynn she followed up with another real-life figure, portraying Irish actress Peg Woffington in Peg of Old Drury (1936). Book your Nell Gwynn tickets at London Theatre Direct! It deals with the life of Nell Gwynn, mistress of Charles II, and her part in the theatre of the 17th century. One way or another, Nell's father seems to have been out of the picture by the time of her childhood in Covent Garden, and her "dipsomaniac mother, [and] notorious sister", Rose, were left in a low situation. Charles made him the Earl of Burford and later Duke of St. Albans. Ch. [11] She experimented with cross-dressing between 1663 and 1667 going under the name "William Nell" and adopting a false beard; her observations informed a most successful and hilarious character interpretation acting as a man on the stage in March 1667. It would be her main residence for the rest of her life. The affair of Charles II and an orange-seller. The tale was an old dramatic chestnut, partly because it was set in London's theatreland, Covent Garden: for instance, Claude Rains's debut as a boy actor had been in 'Nell of Old Drury'. DUCT’s Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale has proved an interesting and fun choice, perfect for the festive season; it is a breezy and jolly production which entertains throughout its runtime, however a couple of odd staging choices stop it from reaching its full potential.. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Several anonymous satires from the time relate a tale of Gwyn, with the help of her friend Aphra Behn, slipping a powerful laxative into Davis's tea-time cakes before an evening when she was expected in the King's bed. [5], Wilcox said he got the idea to make the film after making The Only Way. Gugu Mbatha-Raw played Gwynn, who was the favoured mistress of Charles II and was described by Samuel Pepys as “pretty, witty Nell”. '", Quoted in Beauclerk, p. 78 from the epilogue to Robert Howard's, According to Dryden's preface to the first printed edition, 1668. It was a great success: King Charles "graced it with the Title of His Play"[29] and Pepys' praise was effusive: ... to the King's house to see 'The Maiden Queen', a new play of Dryden's, mightily commended for the regularity of it, and the strain and wit; and the truth is, there is a comical part done by Nell, which is Florimell, that I never can hope ever to see the like done again, by man or woman. Gwyn’s early life is surrounded by so much history that it’s not even clear … "[36] Nell Gwyn was acting once more in late August, and her brief affair with Buckhurst had ended. to which Nell responded, "Oh, exactly the same relation that the French Prince was to Mademoiselle de Kérouaille. [14]) Duncan provided Gwyn with rooms at a tavern in Maypole Alley,[15] and the satires also say he was involved in securing Nell a job at the theatre being built nearby. [38], Late in 1667, George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham took on the role of unofficial manager for Gwyn's love affairs. King Charles died on 6 February 1685. Gugu Mbatha-Raw played the title role in the production debut. However, Pepys, whose diary usually has great things to say about Gwyn, was displeased with her performance in this same part two years later: "...to the King's playhouse, and there saw 'The Indian Emperour;' where I find Nell come again, which I am glad of; but was most infinitely displeased with her being put to act the Emperour's daughter; which is a great and serious part, which she do most basely."[23]. Whether this activity rose to the level of pimping may be a matter of semantics.[17]. Stream Gratuit King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. He cabled to see if Dorothy Gish was available and she accepted. According to the London Encyclopedia (Macmillan, 1983) she "entertained Charles II here with little concerts and breakfasts". It is possible that she herself was a child prostitute; Peter Thomson, in the Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, says it is "probable". [1] Wilcox says it was made for £14,000 and he sold it for £20,000. This had come to a head shortly after their marriage in 1662, in a confrontation between Catherine and Barbara Palmer which became known as the "Bedchamber crisis". DUCT’s Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale has proved an interesting and fun choice, perfect for the festive season; it is a breezy and jolly production which … Pepys diary for 2 March 1667; spelling and punctuation from Beauclerk, p. 97. [35] He was one of a handful of court wits, the "merry gang" as named by Andrew Marvell. "[12] It was sold to the US for £28,000. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/fasti-ecclesiae/1541-1847/vol8/pp94-97, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45135, "Diary entries from April 1665 (The Diary of Samuel Pepys)", "Carry on, your majesty: Charles II and his court ladies", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nell_Gwyn&oldid=999040377, History of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2016, Wikipedia articles with PLWABN identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with Trove identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 1986, "Nell Gwyn and her oranges" are referred to in "Move Over Busker", a song from Paul McCartney's, This page was last edited on 8 January 2021, at 05:43. Country Dance II. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. Film Books Music Art & design TV & radio Stage Classical Games More Theatre Nell Gwynn review – Gemma Arterton sparkles in chaotic comedy 4 / … [26] The King's Company is presumed to have mounted some private theatrical entertainments for the court during this time away from the virulent capital. Evidence for any one of the three is scarce. Nell Gwynn died from apoplexy (possibly due to a strain of syphilis) on 14 November 1687. Plenty of tongue-in-cheek laughs…in this amusing new comedy-with-music. Nell Gwynn is a play by the British playwright Jessica Swale, begun in 2013 and premiering at Shakespeare's Globe from 19 September to 17 October 2015. Hate serious plays, as I do serious parts. [58] The majority of her estate went to her son. Graham Greene, then a film critic, said of Nell Gwynn: "I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches". The first (and most popular) is that when Charles was six years old, on the arrival of the King, Nell said, "Come here, you little bastard, and say hello to your father." Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella. It is possible that she first appeared in smaller parts during the 1664–65 season. June 1668 found her in Dryden's An Evening's Love, or The Mock Astrologer, and in July she played in Lacy's The Old Troop, a farce about a company of Cavalier soldiers during the English Civil War, based on Lacy's own experiences. But so great performance of a comical part was never, I believe, in the world before as Nell do this, both as a mad girl, then most and best of all when she comes in like a young gallant; and hath the notions and carriage of a spark the most that ever I saw any man have. 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