“Bawdy and brilliant... a wonderful, warm-hearted and generous piece of theatrical history” —The Stage
“An out-and-out celebration of the fun of theatre… if you’re looking for laughs, and a romping brash show, this is great.” —The Arts Desk
“Cannily mixes Carry On double-entendres with an explicitly feminist message… a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos involved in putting on a play” —Guardian
“Superbly funny… a juicy, well-wrought thing of great fun, a wonderfully layered celebration of theatre, but most of all an apt homage to a woman incredibly ahead of her time” —Time Out
“[A] gloriously funny and touching bio-drama… a right royal treat” —Telegraph
“An absolute treat… a bawdy, witty, engaging romp” —The Times
A play that charts the rise of an unlikely heroine in 1660s England, 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. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?
Jessica Swale is a director and workshop leader and was the Associate Director at Out of Joint. She is now directing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Jessica is the Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company, works regularly with the National Theatre, and leads theatre projects in developing countries for Youth Bridge Global. She lives in South London.