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Globe’s Spooky casting as Raison plays Boleyn

Published April 6, 2010

Star of hit television series Spooks and Married Single Other, Miranda Raison is to play the iconic English queen Anne Boleyn in two different productions at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer.

The 29-year-old actress, who is better known for her world-saving antics as spy drama Spooks’s Jo Portman, will play the unfortunate royal in both Shakespeare’s rarely performed Henry VIII and Howard Brenton’s new play Anne Boleyn.

In addition to Spooks and recent ITV relationship drama Married Single Other, Raison’s screen career has included cult C4 comedy Plus One, Woody Allen’s Match Point and Stephen Poliakoff’s Perfect Strangers. On stage she has appeared in The Rivals at Salisbury Playhouse and The Man Who Came To Dinner at Chichester Festival Theatre.

In Henry VIII, Raison joins a cast that includes Dominic Rowan as the eponymous King, Clive Wood as Cardinal Wolsey and Kate Duchêne as Queen Katherine. Full casting for Anne Boleyn, which will be directed by John Dove, is yet to be announced.

Henry VIII (15 May-21 Aug) and Anne Boleyn (24 Jul-21 Aug) play as part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Kings And Rogues season, which also includes Macbeth, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, The Merry Wives Of Windsor and Bedlam.

MA