Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale

Nell Gwynn

Christopher Luscombe


Christopher Luscombe read English at Cambridge University. He began his career as an actor, spending seven years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and went on to appear at the National Theatre and in the West End.

His directing credits in London include The Shakespeare Revue (RSC and Vaudeville); Star Quality and The Madness of George III (Apollo); Home and Beauty (Lyric); Fascinating Aïda: One Last Flutter - Olivier Award nomination for Best Entertainment (Harold Pinter); The Comedy of Errors and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park); Enjoy (Gielgud); Alphabetical Order (Hampstead); When We Are Married - Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival (Garrick); Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Spamalot (Playhouse).

Other directing credits include Masterpieces (Birmingham Rep); Little Shop of Horrors and The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Things We Do for Love (Harrogate); Candida (Oxford Stage Company); The Likes of Us (Sydmonton); Arms and the Man (Salisbury); A Small Family Business (Watford); Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield); Hay Fever (Minneapolis); Henry V (Chicago); While The Sun Shines (Bath) and tours of The Importance of Being Earnest, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lady in the Van, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Single Spies, Dandy Dick and Blue/Orange.

His RSC productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014. They transferred to Chichester Festival Theatre last summer and are now playing at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. His production of The Rocky Horror Show has toured extensively in the UK and abroad for the last ten years, and has completed three seasons in the West End. His production of Nell Gwynn, which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, opened at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015 and then transferred to the Apollo Theatre before embarking on its present tour.

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