The Acting Company's John McDonald Salon Reading Series will continue June 24 with Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award–winning, music-filled comedy Nell Gwynn. The reading will take place at 7 PM at the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons.
Directed by Alan Paul, the cast will feature Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class) in the title role, alongside Tony winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables) as Queen Catherine/Old Ma Gwynn, Tony and Olivier nominee Michael Hayden (All My Sons, Carousel) as King Charles II, Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn) as Lady Castlemaine/Louise De Keroualle, Clifton Duncan (The Play that Goes Wrong) as Charles Hart, Tony nominee Veanne Cox (Company) as Nancy, and Acting Company alumni Zachary Fine (China Doll) and Joshua Johnston (The Acting Company’sHamlet) in the roles of Ned Spigget and John Dryden, respectively.
Set in 1660 London, the comedy follows Nell Gwynn, who rises from the Coal Yard Alley to fame as the first celebrated woman of the English Stage. In an era when women are considered second-class citizens, will Nell prevail against the trappings of her time?
The series will continue August 6 with Nambi E. Kelley’s Jazz, from the novel by Toni Morrison, and an original evening of collected letters curated by Dakin Matthews and Devin Brain, Letters from Prison, August 13. Both evenings will be presented at the Duke on 42nd Street.
Single tickets for the Reading Series are priced from $15 to $35 for general admission seating, available online at theactingcompany.org.