Nell Gwynn

February 24 to 29, 2020

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Nell Gwynn

This play by Jessica Swale explores the life of Nell Gwynn, an eminent Restoration actress and mistress to King Charles II. With the Restoration period as its backdrop – which saw theatres reopening after an almost-two-decade-long ban in England and women were allowed to act on stage for the first time – the play delivers humour and a feminist perspective.

Krista Jackson directs the graduating students in Acting, Production Design and Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design.

  • February 24 to 29, 2020
  • At Monument-National
  • In English
  • Pay What You Can

Poster design by Alison Helmer (Set and Costume Design 3, Winnipeg, MB)

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About the Director

Krista Jackson is a director, dramaturge and the artistic director of zone41 theatre based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 land. Directing credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa (The Shaw Festival - Wall Street Journal’s 2017 Best Revival of a Modern Play); Fly Me to the Moon, The Lion in Winter (The Grand Theatre). Numerous productions with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre including: A Doll’s House, Part 2 (with Mirvish), a new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The Seagull and Private Lives. As Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford Festival). For zone41 she has premiered Awaken, The Miser of Middlegate, as well as new adaptations of Three Sisters and commissioned a rock opera of Richard the 2nd.

Upcoming: Liars at a Funeral (Blyth Festival) and Perfect Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Krista is also developing an adaptation of The Diviners with Vern Thiessen for Royal MTC. She holds the 2015 Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Guthrie Award and the 2013 Gina Wilkinson Prize.

About the title character

NTS history teacher Willow White writes about the astonishing life of the real-life historical figure behind the show's main character. 

"The first English actresses emerged in Restoration-era London following Charles II’s decree that women’s parts must be played by women—a radical decision that overthrew England’s all-male theatrical tradition and provided women access to a new profession and form of artistic self-expression.

Nell Gwynn (c.1650-1687) was one of the first actresses to appear on the London stage."

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Michael Bell A3
(North Saanich, BC)

Brynn Tyra Godenir A3
(Winnipeg, MB)

Todd Houseman A3
(Edmonton, AB)

Brontae Hunter A3
(Kincardine, ON)

Ray Jacildo A3
(Toronto, ON / Manila, Phillipines)

Patrick Forrest Jeffrey A3
(Long Creek, PEI)

Wahsonti:io Kirby A3
(Kahnawake, QC)

Sadie Laflamme-Snow A3
(Ottawa, ON)

Talijah Levene A3
(Toronto, ON)

Erin Loretta Mackey A3 - plays Nell Gwynn on February 24, 26 and 28.
(North River, NL)

Drew Moore A3
(Ottawa, ON)

Erika Prevost A3
(Montreal, QC)

Savion Roach A3
(Scarborough, ON)

Espoir Akati Segbeaya A3 - plays Nell Gwynn on February 25, 27 and 29. 
(Nelson, BC)


Krista Jackson

Assistant Director
Angelica SchwartzD2
(Winnipeg, MB)

Set Designer
Jawon KangSCD3
(Toronto, ON/ Seoul, S. Korea)

Costume Designer
Alison HelmerSCD3
(Winnipeg, MB)

Lighting Designer
Katherine KellnerPDTA3
(Toronto, ON)

Sound Designer
Michael WanlessPDTA3
(Calgary, AB)

Video Designer
Christian HoroszczakPDTA3
(Mississauga, ON)

Production Manager
Zach FedoraPDTA3
(Kingston, ON)

Technical Director
Patrick FitzsimmonsPDTA3
(Calgary, AB)

Assistant Technical Director
Brenda VacaPDTA2
(Tepoztlán, Mexico)

2nd Assistant Technical Director
Ava BishopPDTA2
(Calgary, AB)

Head Carpenter
Brendan AgnewPDTA2
(Vancouver, BC)

Stage Manager
Ryan WilcoxPDTA3
(Saint John, NB)

Assistant Stage Manager
Kaylie MacNeilPDTA1
(North Bay, ON)

Assistant Stage Manager
Mitch LabrossePDTA1
(Ottawa, ON)

Set/Prop Design Assistant
Mayumi Ide-BergeronPDTA2
(Montréal, QC)

Costume Design Assistant
Maryanna ChanSCD2
(Saskatoon, SK)

Head Electrician
Brianna UngerPDTA2
(Ajax, ON)

Lighting Assistant
Drew LyallPDTA1
(Kimberley, BC)

Head of Sound
Tiffany LedesmaPDTA2
(Toronto, ON)

Sound Assistant
Julian SmithPDTA1
(Norman's Cove, NF)

Head of Video
Caitlin FarleyPDTA2
(Wetaskiwin, AB)

Video Assistant
Wei Qing TanPDTA1

TD Assistant
Marshall KiddPDTA1
(Quispamsis, NB)

Aidan SparksPDTA1
(Salmon Arm, BC)


Production Management: Andrea Lundy, Technical Direction: Craig Putt, Set Design: Josée Bergeron-Proulx, Costume Design: Louise JobinSound Design: Rob Denton, Lighting Design: Jason Hand, Projections Design: Cameron DaviesStage Management: Maria Popoff

For this production, two actresses are playing the lead role on alternate nights of performance. 

Erin Loretta Mackey A3 (North River, NL) plays Nell Gwynn on February 24, 26 and 28. 

Espoir Akati Segbeaya A3 (Nelson, BC) plays Nell Gwynn on February 25, 27 and 29. 

A Look Behind the Scenes



  • Opening 1: Monday, February 24 at 7:30pm - Nell Gwynn played by Erin Loretta Mackey
  • Opening 2: Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30pm - Nell Gwynn played by Espoir Akati Segbeaya 
  • Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30pm - Nell Gwynn played by Erin Loretta Mackey
  • Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm - Nell Gwynn played by Espoir Akati Segbeaya 
  • Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm - Nell Gwynn played by Erin Loretta Mackey
  • Saturday, February 29 at 3:00pm - Nell Gwynn played by Espoir Akati Segbeaya 


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