WAS Anne Boleyn a swooning victim or a scheming femme fatale?
The question has divided historians and ignited the imaginations of writers for centuries and Howard Brenton’s award-winning play on the ill-fated queen, Anne Boyeln, can be seen at Leamington’s Loft Theatre this month.
When rummaging through the dead Queen Elizabeth’s possessions upon coming to the throne in 1603, King James I finds alarming evidence that Anne was a religious conspirator who was instrumental in making England Protestant.
Anne’s alluring religious fervour earns her allies as well as enemies. The court of Henry VIII is a dangerous place to be and between her failed attempts to deliver Henry a male heir and Henry’s newfound affection for one of Anne’s ladies-in-waiting, it isn’t long before Anne is headed to the chopping block in the Tower of London.
Specially commissioned for Shakespeare’s Globe, Anne Boleyn premiered to great acclaim in 2011 and won the WhatsOnStage Best Play award.
Director Tara Lacey said: “This production of ‘Anne Boleyn’ has been a labour of love for the best part of 18 months. We were two weeks from ‘curtain-up’ when The Loft closed its doors out of necessity in March 2020. Now here we are, with a talented and enthusiastic team, finally able to do this fantastic play justice!
“The actors and I have been involved in many hours of research, adding to the authenticity of their characters. I am thrilled and excited to finally bring Howard Brenton’s unforgettable play to the stage”
Anne Boleyn runs from October 20 to 30. Visit www.lofttheatrecompany.com for tickets and full performance details.