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Anne Boleyn

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Howard Brenton's new play celebrates a great English heroine. Read More >

A celebration of a great English heroine, Howard Brenton’s new play Anne Boleyn dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s notorious second wife.

Anne Boleyn is traditionally seen either as a pawn manipulated by an ambitious father and his friends into the King’s bed, or as a sexually licentious predator, even a witch. But Brenton puts a very different Anne – and her ghost – on the Globe 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, the great translator of the Bible who was to be burnt as a heretic, Anne plots to make England Protestant, forever.

Brenton’s previous work at the Globe includes In Extremis.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 24/07/2010

Opening Night: 28/07/2010

Closing Night: 21/08/2010

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Michael Bertenshaw, Sam Cox, John Cummins, Naomi Cranston, Ben Deery, Mary Doherty, John Dougall, Will Featherstone, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Anthony Howell, Colin Hurley, Amanda Lawrence, Miranda Raison, Dickon Tyrrell


Director - John Dove

Designer - Michael Taylor

Author - Howard Brenton

Music By - William Lyons

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