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    A new twist on Shakespeare’s play

    This new production of Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe is set to present a thoroughly modern take on the original text, co-written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher. The Globe’s 2022 Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (A Museum in Baghdad) adapts the original script to provide a female perspective into this tale of ambition, love and lineage.

    Henry VIII is one of Shakespeare’s later and lesser-performed plays and is probably best known for being the play that destroyed the original Globe Theatre. At a performance in 1613, a cannon fired as part of the show set fire to the thatched roof, burning the entire venue to the ground.

    Henry VIII tells the story of Britain’s most infamous king, his desperation for a son and heir and the trial of Katherine of Aragon. To bring back the play’s impact for contemporary audience, Khalil has reimagined the script to give more attention to Henry’s wives and the women of the court. What did they make of his decisions? How could they speak out under a patriarchy that preferred they remain silent?

    The Henry VIII cast includes Adam Gillen as Henry, Bea Segura as Katherine, Janet Etuk as Anne Bullen, and Esmonde Cole as Surrey/Cromwell.

    Set within the authentic surroundings of Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry VIII will mix history with modernity, renaissance splendour with contemporary sensibilities to create a compelling, must-see production for 2022. Book Henry VIII tickets for a poignant slice of British history.

    Performance dates: 19 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022

    Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including an interval)

    Age recommendation: TBC

    Sorry this show closed 21 October 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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    Latest audience reviews

    Enjoyed every minute, the cast were all fantastic, they moved on and out of the standing audience, were... More

    sm10 21 Oct 2022

    Enjoyed every minute, the cast were all fantastic, they moved on and out of the standing audience, were funny and inclusive too. Loved the slight alterations to the script (to bring it uptodate), my partner who is not "into' Shakespeare really enjoyed it too.

    sm10 21 Oct 2022

    A bawdy, brash production with some excellent, and very moving. performances. The importance of the royal... More

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    A bawdy, brash production with some excellent, and very moving. performances. The importance of the royal baby being boy or girl seems to have more pertinence in the age of ID politics. The second act takes on a different significance since the death of our Queen. God Save the Queen is played for Anne Boleyn's coronation and it all ends with the male King Henry being replaced by the female Queen Elizabeth. Rather moving and poignant.

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    No doubt some elements of six in this production and the narrator/singer (Genevieve Dawson) is rather... More

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    No doubt some elements of six in this production and the narrator/singer (Genevieve Dawson) is rather good - a lovely clear and powerful voice. Spirits of peace is a lovely song and beautifully performed for the death of Queen Katharine - the other women dressed as wedding Angles appearing in the galleries is stunning.

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    The story is very familiar - the treatment not so. Juxtaposing the self-obsessed, bawdy King with the... More

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    The story is very familiar - the treatment not so. Juxtaposing the self-obsessed, bawdy King with the damage he inflicts. Not for Shakespeare purists but Jamie Ballard's performance as Cardinal Wolsey is superb. Despite him not being the nicest of characters Ballard's portrayal of his downfall is seriously moving and all to a soulful singing of "I've wasted time, time wastes me" (Richard II).

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer18 Oct 2022

    You know the story but possibly not the Shakespeare play. Well this isn't it. This is an adaptation using... More

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer31 Jul 2022

    You know the story but possibly not the Shakespeare play. Well this isn't it. This is an adaptation using lines from other Shakespeare plays and lots of songs. Modern take on gender playing into the importance of the sex of any Royal Child (not subtle - pink for girl etc). Fun but leave all sense of reality at the door.

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer31 Jul 2022

    An anachronism. Henry VIII with females showing power/strength of the modern age (or as purported). Not... More

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer09 Jul 2022

    An anachronism. Henry VIII with females showing power/strength of the modern age (or as purported). Not sure it bears scrutiny, so just enjoy. Some great performances and some actually very good songs/singing. Certainly, worth a visit or two at this price.

    katiel16 Top 50 reviewer09 Jul 2022
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