Anne Boleyn

From London presents

A New Play by Howard Brenton

Directed by John Dove

Hunting through an old chest, the newly crowned James I discovers the controversial legacy of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s notorious second wife. Time jumps back 70 years, when the witty and flirtatious Anne was in love with Henry, but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. Conspiring with the exiled William Tyndale, she plots to make England Protestant – forever.

A celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn leaps between generations to reveal the debt the outrageous but scholarly James owed to Anne when he shrewdly reconciled England’s religious factions by creating his common, ‘authorized’ Bible.

Anne Boleyn returns to the Globe after a sell-out run in 2010. Award-winning playwright Howard Brenton’s previous work includes In Extremis at Shakespeare’s Globe.

From the director of the 2005 hit ‘original practice’ production of Measure for Measure starring Mark Rylance.

**** ‘The Tudor pack at their most snarling, scheming, ribald, pleasure-seeking and gaily entertaining.’ Daily Telegraph
****  Bulges with theatrical vitality.’ The Guardian
**** ‘Howard Brenton’s lively new drama illuminates the Globe in John Dove’s exuberant production.’ Time Out
**** ‘John Dove’s elegant production with period chamber music is rich, invigorating, historical drama.’ Daily Mail
**** ‘Absorbing.’ Independent on Sunday
**** ‘Engaging.’ The Times
**** ‘Compelling.’ Financial Times
Available for US touring Fall 2011

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