VIDEO Preview: Anne Boleyn at the Stables Theatre in Hastings

Anne Boleyn, by Howard Brenton, dramatises a fascinating extract of our history from a rather different angle. Here we have a celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn, depicting the life and legacy of Henry VIII’s notorious second wife, who helped change the nation’s history.

Monday, 4th May 2015, 7:33 am

Traditionally Anne Boleyn is seen as either the pawn of an ambitious family or as a predator manipulating her way to power; but in Howard Brenton’s epic play Anne, and her ghost, are presented in a very different light.

Rummaging through the dead Queen Elizabeth’s possessions on coming to the throne in 1603, King James I discovers alarming evidence that Anne, the dead Queen’s mother, was a religious conspirator, in love with Henry VIII but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. She “comes alive” as a brilliant but reckless young woman confident in her sexuality, whose marriage and death transformed England for ever.

Friday 8 to Saturday 16 May 2015 at 7.30pm


Sunday 10 May at 3pm · No performance Monday

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