Henry VIII's wives talk about 21st century experiences in Hurstpierpoint

Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.

Back row: Karinn Greirson, Sue Blair-Fish and Jan Bell. Front row: Hannah Banks, Robyn Jenkins and Hazelle Woodhurst
Back row: Karinn Greirson, Sue Blair-Fish and Jan Bell. Front row: Hannah Banks, Robyn Jenkins and Hazelle Woodhurst

There’s more to this little phrase than meets the eye as Hurstpierpoint Players’ next production, The Regina Monologues by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer, sets out to prove.

Spokesman Bob Sampson said: “The writers transplant the stories of the six wives of Henry VIII into the 21st century and, by doing so, show that their lives are not that far removed from those of modern women.

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“Cleverly constructed, this is not a series of six monologues spoken one after the other.

“Each wife takes a turn to reveal another bit of their story, which serves to hold the audiences interest as all the tales reach their climax at once.

“The Regina Monologues is both extremely funny and poignant, changing in the space of seconds, done with as much skill as Alan Bennett shows in his ability to find humour in the minutiae of life, as well as in the big relationships.

“Coincidentally, the show is accompanied by some of Bennett’s Talking Heads plays – Hand of God, Miss Fozzard finds her Feet and Soldiering On – at the Players Theatre, High Street, Hurstpierpoint, from March 28 until April 1, starting at 8pm.”

Tickets cost £10 for Tuesday and Wednesday performances and £11 for shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They can be purchased from Richwards, 133 High Street, Hurstpierpoint.

Call the box office on 01273 834506.

Alternatively, tickets can be bought online with a 65p booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) and can be posted to you for an extra £1 per transaction.

Visit www.hurstplayers.org.uk to find out more about the show and the Hurstpierpoint Players.

Price concessions are not available for this production.

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