Claire Chitham

Nell Gwynn

Claire began her professional stage career with ATC back in 2003 in Play 2.03 and followed up with Up for Grabs in 2005. Over the years she has appeared in lead roles in Tape, The Real Thing, Rabbit, The Only Child and the cabaret Jacques Brel. She is most well-known to New Zealanders for her long-standing television role as Waverley on Shortland Street and her memorable character Aurora on Outrageous Fortune. Claire has been working in Australia and America lately, on both sides of the camera, and was last seen on stage in the one-woman tour de force show Grounded last year.

Theatre has always been my first love. Ive been singing, dancing and playing dress-ups on stage since I was eight years old. So, to have the opportunity to celebrate and honour an inspirational woman like Nell Gwynn, whos such a formative part of the history of theatre as we know it today, is a gift I never expected and one I fully intend on relishing. My hope is that you - the audience - laugh, love and enjoy the ride of theatre as Nelly wouldve wanted.