Kjartan Poskitt's Shows
All shows are published by Samuel French Ltd,
52 Fitzroy St, London W1P 6JR
who can provide perusal scripts, demo CDs,
piano/vocal scores, band parts and backing tracks.
Nell's Belles at Fontainebleau, France in May 2003

NELL'S BELLES

Song Demos

The Swinging 16 Sixties Show

Here are all the main songs from NELL'S BELLES. These recordings are not suitable for use in performances.

There are full details of the show's cast and content here: Kjartan Poskitt Shows

The 1660's was an amazing time to be alive. As well as the plague and the great fire of London, there was the opening of Drury Lane Theatre where a bunch of hopeful girls hoped to find an escape from life in the nearby bawdy house. Find out how their outrageous antics lead to the love story of Charles II and his girlfriend Nell Gwyn - and how they went on to re-shape history.

( Obviously it all had to be hushed up at the time for national security reasons, but at last the real truth can be told! And if you don't believe it - you know what they say about the sixties: if you claim to know exactly what went on, you can't have been there.)

Following Nell's hilarious debut in Hexham in March 2001, the show has been produced all over the UK and abroad including France, Canada, Poland and Australia. The show was especially written to give lots of good roles for women, and it includes plenty of comedy and lively rock songs.

Hello and a brief introduction
from the author!

This is the cover of the book published by
Samuel French Ltd

Part One

Happiest Days - ALL

Palace Of Love - Charles, Chaffinches and Girls

A Little Bit Of Bawdy - Violet, Agatha and Chorus

Cross My Palm With Silver - Mercy, Annie, Bess

All Shut Out - Nell and the Belles

The Reaper - Agatha, Belles, Ghosts

Charlie Boy - Nell and the Belles

Fire! - instrumental

Part Two

The Phoenix - James and Chorus

No Commitments - Nell

The Seaside Special - Belles and chorus

Life Without You - Charles and the Belles

Filth! - The Charladies

Gimme The Nurse - Catherine, Charles and Belles

Happiest Days (reprise) - ALL

The Seaside Revisited - ALL

NELL'S BELLES
CHARACTERS

Charles and Nell's Belles (Nell is wearing the glasses!) from the first production by Hexham Junior Youth Theatre 30/3/2001.
NELL GWYN the actress
ROSE GWYN Nell's pickpocket sister
VIOLET Nell's scary friend
MERCY Nell's fortune-telling friend
AGATHA Nell's dotty friend
ANNIE } Nell's telepathic twin friends
BESS }
HELENA GWYN Nell's drunken mother
CHARLES HART a grand actor
ROBERT DUNCAN manager of Drury Lane Theatre
KING CHARLES II
QUEEN CATHERINE Charles' Portuguese wife
BARBARA VILLIERS an English mistress
LOUISE a French mistress
HORTENSE an Italian mistress
JAMES Charles' tiresome brother
MR CHIFFINCH page of the bedchamber
MRS CHIFFINCH keeper of the privy
IRENE }
RITA } Charles' charladies
ELSIE }
TOM FARRINOR the creepy baker
TITUS OATES the revolutionary
DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM
FATHER HUDDLESTONE
DOCTOR
NURSE
SOLDIER 1
SOLDIER 2
BARMAID
NEWSPAPER SELLER 1
NEWSPAPER SELLER 2
NEWSPAPER SELLER 3
NEWSPAPER SELLER 4
VERA }
PAULINE } extra charladies
IVY }
BRENDA }
DOT }
CONNIE }
THE GRIM REAPER

CHORUS including: singers, spare girlfriends, charladies, guards, ghosts...
Many doubles are possible. (Minimum cast about 12).

Nell's Belles was written for companies who have more female performers than males.
However the balance can easily be changed by having men play some of all of the charladies.

The music is available on a CD of backing tracks.
There are also full arrangements for
  • Piano/vocal score
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Saxaphone (Eb)

For all performance enquires please contact

Samuel French Ltd

52 Fitzroy St, London W1P 6JR

Nell performed by Alyth Musical Society, Perthshire
April/May 2004.

There are more details of the show's cast and content, plus details of Kjartan Poskitt's other shows here: Kjartan Poskitt Shows

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