Specially commissioned for The Globe Theatre, Howard Brenton dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s second wife who helped change the course of the nation’s history.
In the second when courtier’s daughter Anne catches the attention of the married king during a court masque by throwing an orange at him, a chaos of religious controversy begins.
Brenton’s play starts after her death when the newly-crowned King James I is rummaging in the possessions of the late Queen Elizabeth. Among them he comes across startling evidence that Anne was a religious conspirator, as in love with some of the most dangerous ideas of her day as she was with her husband. She comes alive for the new king and for our audiences as we meet a brilliant but reckless young woman whose life and death transformed England forever.
All tickets £14