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Anne Boleyn

Author: Howard Brenton

Summary: Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn was commissioned specially for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2010. It had a return season in 2011 and an eight-week tour of Great Britain in 2012.

A celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII's notorious second wife, who helped change the course of the nation's history.

Traditionally seen as either the pawn of an ambitious family manoeuvred into the King's bed or as a predator manipulating her way to power, Anne - and her ghost - are seen in a different light in Brenton's epic play.

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

Dates and times: Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 November 2013 at 8 pm, Sunday 10 November at 3 pm, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November at 6.30 pm, Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 November at 8 pm

Ticket prices: $22 waged adults, $20 seniors, unwaged adults and tertiary students, $15 Stagecraft members and high-school students with valid ID. Groups of 10+ (all on the same night) $18 per person. Two tickets for $22 on the first Thursday for all ticket categories. Early bird discount: book for the first week of the play and get $2 off the full ticket price ($20 instead of $22).

Bookings: Go to our bookings page


  • Anne Boleyn - Ange Fitzharris
  • Lady Jane Rochford - Ania Upstill
  • Jane Seymour - Sarah Wood
  • Celia - Lisa Aaltonen
  • Countrywoman 1/Courtier/Divine - Lisa Depree
  • Countrywoman 2/Courtier/Puritan - Katherine Fuller
  • King Henry VIII - Martin Tidy
  • Cardinal Wolsey/Barrow - Paul Kay
  • Thomas Cromwell - Daniel Gorton
  • Simkin - Malcolm Gillett
  • Sloop - Tim Papps
  • King James I - Neil Connolly
  • Robert Cecil - Chris O'Grady
  • Reynolds/Countryman/Courtier - Marty Pilott
  • Andrewes/Countryman/Courtier - Alan Burne
  • William Tyndale/Courtier/Guard - Darryn Woods
  • George Villiers/Courtier - William Reid
  • Parrott/Courtier - Chris Ingram
  • Servant/Courtier - Michael Farmer
  • Servant/Courtier/Guard - Richard Corney
  • Servant/Courtier/Guard - Simon Anderson

Crew: Ewen Coleman (director), Joy Hellyer, Paul Kay (production manager), Lisa Depree (production assistant), Sue Haddock (rehearsal prompt), Ross Foubister (stage manager), Joy Hellyer (assistant stage manager), Sam Perry (set construction coordinator), Tracey Bree (props coordinator), Allen Burne (Anne's head maker), Sue Miller (wardrobe coordinator), Michael Slater (lighting designer), Andrew Cross (lighting operator), Barry Meyers (sound designer), Chris Haddock (lighting operator), Lorna Borrett (choreographer), Robert Oliver (music advisor), Michael Fletcher (singing tutor), Sam Rorke (rehearsal pianist), Scenario Communications (publicity material designer), Stephen A'Court (poster photography), Tanya Piejus, Amy Whiterod (publicity photography), Mia Groscyznski (rehearsal photography), Ian and Robyn Ingelton (front of house manager)

Last updated on 28 October 2013


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