Tamworth Theatre Talk: The girl who captured the king

Rich drama: Jessi Le Brocq is Nell Gwynn in the Tamworth Dramatic Society's new production.
Rich drama: Jessi Le Brocq is Nell Gwynn in the Tamworth Dramatic Society's new production.

Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn is set to take the stage at Capitol Theatre  from March 16-24 as the Australian premiere.

Presented by Tamworth Dramatic Society and set in London 1660, Nell Gwynn tells a theatrical tale of when the drab, grey Puritans had gone and theatre was all the rage once more.

This was followed by a new fad for putting a woman, an “actor-ess”, on the stage and when The King's Company at Drury Lane casts the pretty, witty orange seller Nell Gwynn as its first leading lady, its royal patron, Charles II, is immediately smitten.

Having captured the heart of her king, the unlikely heroine takes her country by storm and becomes a 17th century media sensation.

Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this brilliant and bodacious new work about theatre's most legendary love affair is a love-letter to theatre itself and the cheerful chaos that is involved in putting on a play.

This “made in Tamworth” production is sure to be a radiantly comical, rollicking night in the theatre.

Directed by Daniel Gillett and featuring Jessi Le Brocq as Nell Gwynn, this celebration of history and heart boasts a cast of 20 local and very talented actors, a band on stage –  and even a dog.

And if you’re in for a laugh during Taste Tamworth Festival, you can’t go past Afternoons Tonight! With James Valentine.

Direct from sell-out seasons in Sydney, James Valentine tours his wildly funny stage show to Tamworth’s Capitol Theatre on April 7 at 8pm.

Expect live versions of such legendary segments as This Is What I Live With, Ex, The New Normal and Petty Crime Stoppers… they’ll all be there. Who knows, maybe he’ll even attempt…Nothing!

No one looks at the world quite like James Valentine, and just when you think it can’t get any better, it does.

Afternoons Tonight! is a fantastically funny and interactive night at the theatre and a great insight into how this radio show really works.

James Valentine is one of Australia’s most loved radio presenters and in a long and eclectic career has worked as a journalist, author, television host and musician. 

Coming up tomorrow night at the Capitol Theatre is Aussie singer James Reyne touring with the A Crawl to Now Tour.

A Crawl to Now is a 90-minute live show featuring songs selected from over 20 albums representing an extensive catalogue – songs from Australian Crawl to now.

Reyne’s guest performer will be Fanny Lumsden.

Five years on from the release of her debut EP, Fanny Lumsden is hitting new highs with her second album, Real Class Act debuting at number 1 on the ARIA Country Album chart and number 23 on the ARIA All-Genre chart.

To book your seats for these and other shows, visit entertainmentvenues.com.au, call 6766 2028, or visit the box office at Capitol Theatre and The Big Golden Guitar.