From February 24 to 29, 2020 at the Monument-National, The National Theatre School of Canada presents 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.
Note: For this production, two actresses are playing the lead role on alternate nights of performance.
Krista Jackson directs the graduating students in Acting, Production Design and Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design.
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 National Theatre School of Canada
Since 1960, NTS has offered incomparable training to actors, directors, playwrights, set and costume designers and production specialists to work in professional theatre.It also delivers a broad range of community programs that make theatre more accessible to all Canadians, as a tool for building empathy and personal development. Among other programs, NTS presents an annual festival for high school students across the country, allowing them to showcase their unique work. As a global leader in theatre training, NTS is centred on building up communities and tearing down walls. It shares its deep expertise and resources with a broad and diverse community of Canadians to ensure that the performing arts continue to play an important role in society.
February 24 to 29, 2020 at Monument-National
Admission is Pay What You Can