Theatre West Four to Perform Anne Boleyn
Howard Brenton play to be presented at the Questors Theatre
Chiswick theatre group, Theatre West Four, are currently rehearsing their latest production to be performed at the Questors Theatre in Ealing from 20th - 24th November.
Every year on the 19th May flowers are delivered to the Tower of London. Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was executed on that day in 1536. The flowers have been arriving for forty years and no one knows who sends them. They are put on the floor of the Chapel of St Peter the Vincula, beneath which Anne’s body - and head - are buried in a wooden chest without a plaque or head stone. Her opposers tried to obliterate her existence by removing all pictures and carvings containing her name or initials.
Anne Boleyn was convicted of adultery, incest and treason. At her trial she was accused of being a witch, her brother’s mistress and sleeping with hundred of men while she was married to the King. She had been queen for three years. Her story is an intense tale of love, death and betrayal, but also of recklessness and daring sexual awareness. What is not commonly portrayed is her religious zeal and passion for the reformation of the Church. This, perhaps more than history suggests, gave her enemies the tools for her downfall.
Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn, originally written for The Globe in 2010, is a romp through the story of one of the most important and fascinating periods in British history. Anne is seen, partly through the eyes of James I, not just as a sexual predator nor political pawn, but as the intelligent, moral and modern woman that she was.
For almost fifty years Theatre West Four has been staging amateur productions in West London. Members come from all over London to participate in readings, workshops, rehearsals and productions. The group welcomes enthusiasts interested in performing, directing, producing, stage management and all aspects of theatre production.
Anne Boleyn runs from Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th November
October 31, 2012