By Charlotte Griffiths
How did Prince Charles celebrate his 11th wedding anniversary with the Duchess of Cornwall?
By taking her to see a play about another Royal Charles with a passion for his mistress.
My spies spotted the couple at London’s Apollo Theatre to watch Gemma Arterton, starring as Charles II’s lover Nell Gwynn.
The Prince was riveted by the play while, according to cast member Michele Dotrice, ‘Camilla seemed to be having a great time larking about with her lady-in-waiting’.
– Hannah Arterton > Movies > Hide & Seek (2013) > Production Stills
by David Hutchison – Apr 4, 2016
Comedy plays are often unfairly snubbed by theatre awards shows, Gemma Arterton has claimed.
Arterton, who was in the running for best actress at the Olivier Awards for her role in Nell Gwynn, told The Stage the problem also stretched further than theatre, with TV and film comedies also not getting due recognition.
The Shakespeare’s Globe production of Nell Gwynn was nominated for four awards, and won playwright Jessica Swale the award for best new comedy.
Speaking on the red carpet before the awards, Arterton said no one on the show’s team expected to be nominated “because our show’s a comedy”.
She added: “Comedies don’t usually get nominations and things. I think in general – TV, film and theatre – they get a bit overlooked. So we’re just really thrilled.”
Arterton was pipped by Denise Gough for the best actress prize. Gough took home the award for her role in the National Theatre’s drama People, Places and Things.
Speaking to The Stage, Arterton also claimed transferring new plays to the West End was vital in order to “get new talent out there”.
She said: “Luckily, our marginal theatre and fringe theatre and Off-West End theatre do develop plays from scratch. And we’re really lucky that theatres like the Royal Court, the Globe, the National get new talent out there – it’s so important.”
The actor suggested that new writing was the only way to create new theatre classics.
“I like the idea of Nell Gwynn being done for years and years and years to come, because it’s a timeless play. And the same with all these new plays that are coming up,” she said.
On Sunday night, April 03, Gemma attended the 40th Olivier Awards. She looked like a queen in a purple Jenny Packham gown, completed with De Grisogono earrings and Charlotte Olympia sandals. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Play for Nell Gwynn, and the play was also nominated for Best New Comedy (WON), Best Costume Design and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Several photos from her arrival and the ceremony have now been added to the gallery, be sure to check them out!
RADIO TIMES – When you started out, what was the dream?
I came from a background where acting was seen as a poncey job, so I never thought it was something I could do and get paid for. We didn’t go to the theatre or cinema very often and we didn’t really watch TV… Even when I was at drama school, I thought, “I’ll probably have to do another job to supplement this.”
Was a film career your main goal?
It took me by surprise. After Rada, my agent said, “Now you have to go up for this and this,” and you just do. I was so naive, I went up for everything and was suddenly meeting the Bond people [for Quantum of Solace], thinking, “God, I’m never going to get that!” Then I got it and was like, “Oh, I’d better do it because it’s Bond…” That was my life for three years. I’m lucky to have got it! Especially when you’ve got a student loan.
Do you remember your first review?
I was really damaged by reviews last year when I did Made in Dagenham. It was a huge project for me and we got really good ones and REALLY bad ones. They picked on me, which is fine, but it’s hard when you’ve got to go on stage again that night, and the next night, for four months after that… So when I started in Nell Gwynn, I decided not to read any.
I did Ibsen at the Almeida a few years ago and [Guardian critic] Michael Billington came on press night and we were all so nervous – I ripped my trousers, it was a nightmare! Anyway he re-reviewed it at the end of the run and wrote an article about how it’s ridiculous that we review one performance, right at the start.
TV is now attracting big film stars and directors – why do you think that is?
There used to be a bit of snobbery around doing TV, especially for film actors, but it gives us greater scope. So much freedom comes with that. I think it’s the future actually…
And now theatre performances are on live at the cinema, which I’m unsure of… A performance is something you were either there for or not – that’s what’s magical about it. And also for my own ego, I hate the idea of doing a theatre performance on screen – it’s a totally different style of acting, and I don’t think they merge.
– Movies & Television > Gemma Bovery (2014) > Production Stills
I’ve updated the gallery with lots of new Gemma Bovery posters and stills. I’ve also replaced some of our old ones with HQ versions of them.