First performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2010, Howard Brenton’s play begins with King James I, rummaging through the dead Queen Elizabeth’s possessions upon coming to the throne in 1603.
Finding alarming evidence that Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn, was a religious conspirator in love with Henry VIII but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. Anne comes alive for him as a brilliant but reckless young woman confident in her sexuality, whose marriage and death transformed England forever.
The potent love between Anne and Henry is so alive and electric that it cannot be contained in the stultifying social mores of the time, but is viewed with alarm by those at Court who fear the threat it poses to their position and influence.
“strikes a clever balance between the witty and the vulgar, doctrine and gossip” The Guardian
BOOK NOW [Box Office opens 10AM 15 Jan 2019]
Ticket prices £15/Concessions £13
By Howard Brenton
Director Katie Posner
Composer Niall Bailey
Presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books