Tower of London to produce site-specific Anne Boleyn play
The final days of Anne Boleyn are being dramatised for a new site-specific play at the Tower of London, where she was executed in 1536.
The production is written and directed by Michael Fentiman and is the first play to be produced and commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces for the tower. Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that runs the property.
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn charts the 17 days leading up to her death, which Boleyn spent at the Tower of London.
It has been partially created using her own words, taken from letters written to her husband, Henry VIII, and her final speech, delivered on the scaffold moments before her execution.
The open-air staging will be performed on the site of the lost Tudor Palace at the tower from May 6 to August 28, with two performances a day.
It has set design by Lily Arnold, costumes by Gabriella Slade, music by Barnaby Race and illusions by Paul Kieve.
The cast includes Lawrence Boothman, Kazuma Andrew Costello, Natasha Cowley, Amy Cudden, David Fielder, Oliver Grant, Rhiannon Llewellyn and Benedict Salter. Casting is by Annelie Powell.
While this production is the first to be produced in house by Historic Royal Palaces, the Tower of London has previously been used for theatre by independent companies, including a 2013 production by Red Rose Chain about Boleyn’s alleged relationship with her brother.
In June, choreographer Hofesh Shechter will bring a large-scale dance piece to the tower, a partnership between East London Dance, LIFT and Historic Royal Palaces.