THE popular Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society (KODS) are looking forward to being one of the first amateur groups to perform the new, award-winning comedy, Nell Gwynn.

The society's performance of Nell Gwynn runs at the Rose Theatre between Wednesday, September 20, and Saturday, September 23.

The play, by Jessica Swale, gives a whistle-stop tour of Nell's life from an orange seller, to star in Thomas Killigrew's King's Company - as one of the first English actresses and as Charles II's mistress.

Historical accuracy is now Swale's intent, but it is a fair approximation to real events.

The leading role of Nell Gwynn is to be played by Jill Parmenter, with Ian Jones as Charles II.

The whole cast have been enjoying rehearsals in preparation for what is expected to be a great evening of wit, passion, pathos, with some medieval music and frivolity thrown in.

Professionally, Nell Gwynn previously won the 2016 Laurence Oliver Best Comedy Award and has had many critically acclaimed reviews from the press and punters alike.

The KODS' show's director, Tom Paine, said: "This show has been an enjoyable challenge and a nice change to the usual plays we perform.

"The mix of comedy and music, with a good story and characters, make this a fantastic play.

"The cast have been working hard ready to give a great evening of entertainment."

For tickets to KODS' performance of Nell Gwynn at the Rose Theatre, call the theatre box office on 01562 743745, or visit the website,