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Anne Boleyn

By Howard Brenton

‘a stunning production...’ WhatsOnStage
‘big, bold and generous.’ The Guardian
‘Rollicking good drama.’ The Sunday Telegraph
‘beautifully staged.’ The Independent

Winner of the 2012 UK Theatre Award for 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.


Cambridge Arts Theatre

15 - 17 Mar 2012

New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

20 - 24 Mar 2012

Grand Theatre Blackpool

27 - 31 Mar 2012

Theatre Royal Brighton

3 - 7 Apr 2012

Hall for Cornwall

10 - 14 Apr 2012

Civic Theatre, Darlington

17 - 21 Apr 2012

Malvern Theatres

24 - 28 Apr 2012

Theatre Royal Bath

1 - 5 May 2012

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

8 - 12 May 2012

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Creative Team


Howard Brenton


John Dove


Michael Taylor

Lighting Designer

Paul Russell


William Lyons

Assistant Director

Daniel Burgess

Production Photographer

Robert Day


Anne Boleyn

Jo Herbert

King Henry VIII

David Sturzaker

Thomas Cromwell

Julius D’Silva
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Cardinal Wolsey & Henry Barrow

Colin Hurley
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Lady Rochford

Mary Doherty
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Lady Celia/ Countrywoman 1/ Understudy Anne Boleyn

Holly Morgan
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Lady Jane

Claire Bond
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Simpkin & Parrot

John Cummins
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Will Featherstone

William Tyndale

Tim Frances
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King James I

James Garnon
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Robert Cecil

Michael Bertenshaw
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George Villiers

Michael Camp
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Dean Lancelot Andrews

Edward Peel

Dr John Reynolds

Robert Fitch
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Ensemble/Understudy Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell & Robert Cecil

Christopher Birch
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Ensemble/Understudy Lady Rochford, Lady Jane & Lady Celia

Beth Cooper
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Ensemble/Understudy King Henry VIII & William Tyndale

Max Grell
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Ensemble/Understudy King James I & George Villiers

Luke McConnell