SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE, in partnership with English Touring Theatre, brings its award winning production, Anne Boleyn, to the Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday to Saturday, April 3-7.
The play achieved sell-out audiences at the Globe in 2010 and 2011.
Winner of the 2011 Whatsonstage Award for Best New Play, Anne Boleyn is directed by John Dove and sees many of the original cast return for its first UK tour.
James Garnon (Anonymous, The Real American: Joe McCarthy) received critical acclaim during both seasons at the Globe and will reprise his role of King James I.
Julius D’Silva returns as the scheming Thomas Cromwell and Colin Hurley as a poisonous Cardinal Wolsey.
Jo Herbert played Rosalind in the Globe’s production of As You Like It in 2011 returns to take on the title role. Henry VIII will be played by new cast member, David Sturzaker (Cool Hand Luke, West End).
In the play, Howard Brenton sets out to challenge the traditional assumptions of Anne Boleyn as a pawn manipulated by an ambitious father or as a sexually licentious predator, even a witch.
He puts a very different Anne on the stage – a witty and confident woman with controversial religious ideals, taking on the vicious world of Tudor politics. Bright and flirtatious, Anne conspires with the exiled William Tyndale, to make England Protestant forever.
Jumping forward 70 years, we see the newly crowned James I discover Anne’s copy of the controversial Tyndale Bible, which goes on to become one of the key reference texts for his common ‘Authorised’ Bible – which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.