Anne Boleyn

Howard Brenton

About the Production

WRITER   Howard Brenton
DIRECTOR   John Dove 
DESIGNER   Michael Taylor
LIGHTING DESIGNER   Paul Russell
COMPOSER   William Lyons
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Daniel Burgess


 ANNE BOLEYN   Jo Herbert
 KING HENRY VIII   David Sturzaker
 THOMAS CROMWELL   Julius D'Silva 
 CARDINAL WOLSEY                / HENRY BARROW   Colin Hurley
 LADY ROCHFORD   Mary Doherty
 LADY CELIA   Holly Morgan
 LADY JANE   Claire Bond
 SIMPKIN / PARROT   John Cummins
 SLOOP   Will Featherstone
 WILLIAM TYNDALE   Tim Frances
 KING JAMES I   James Garnon
 ROBERT CECIL   Michael Bertenshaw
 GEORGE VILLIERS   Michael Camp
 DEAN LANCELOT  ANDREWES   Edward Peel
 DR JOHN REYNOLDS   Robert Fitch
 ENSEMBLE

 

Christopher Birch
Beth Cooper
Max Grell
Luke McConnell

 


 

WINNER: UK THEATRE AWARDS 2012
BEST TOURING PRODUCTION

 

Lover. Heretic. Revolutionary. Queen.

Compelling, witty and often laugh-out-loud funny, this celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn leaps cunningly between generations to the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s notorious second wife.

Anne Boleyn is traditionally seen either as a pawn manipulated into the King’s bed, or as a sexually licentious predator, even a witch. But Howard Brenton puts a very different Anne – and her ghost – on the stage. Witty and confident in her sexuality, she takes on the vicious world of Tudor Court politics. She is in love with Henry but also in love with the most dangerous ideas of her day. Conspiring with the exiled William Tyndale, Anne plots to make England Protestant for ever.

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Latest Reviews

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     A genuine treat.

    Coventry Telegraph
  •  A lovely, thought-provoking, sincere, funny, sexy and witty play.

    Sussex Express
  • The writing, the use of traditional instruments and the fabulous costumes all help to drive the story along at a brisk pace; there is plenty of humour throughout... fascinating, engaging and completely enthralling.

    Whats On North East
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    There is no doubt whatsoever that this is a quality production from English Touring Theatre - and a considerable feather in the cap of the Alex.

    But this not some dusty, historical play, it is a tale full of life and humour, adventure and romance all tinged with sadness.

    Behind the Arras
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    The large ensemble cast all play their parts magnificently. The writing and direction ensure a brisk, if not breathtaking, pace. There is plenty of humour, including dry asides to the audience. The period atmosphere is helped along by authentic sounding music, provided by three musicians, that helps to set the emotional stage, singing and dancing.

    ThePublicReviews
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    Fine props, evocative live music, a gripping tale and finely tuned performances all add up to a stunning production of Anne Boleyn. Don't miss this!

    Whats On Stage
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     This fast moving, boisterous, at times surreal romp from the English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe kept me entertained throughout!... The large ensemble cast all play their parts magnificently.

    ThePublicReviews
  • Full of entertaining characters, with sumptuous costumes and a lavish set, Anne Boleyn is a fascinating take on this famously tumultuous era of British History.

    Cambridge News
  •  

    Ticklishly enjoyable… Teasingly intelligent… Rollicking good drama full of big characters…A big, bold and generous evening

    The Sunday Telegraph
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    ...big, bold and generous...proves populist can also be pin sharp...

    The Guardian
  • The Independent  
  •  ...John Dove's production is a joyous theatrical spectacle...

    The British Theatre Guide
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    ...Anne Boleyn makes religion sexy - and doctrinal disputes bloody good fun...

    Timeout

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