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.

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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