Tragic queen brought to Scottish stage


SHAKESPEARE’S Globe is to bring a production of Anne Boleyn to Scotland.

Following its sell-out runs at the Globe in 2010 and 2011, the production is to tour the country, with many of the original cast return for its first UK tour.

James Garnon received critical acclaim in during both seasons at the Globe and will reprise his role of King James I.

Jo Herbert will play Henry VIII’s third wife

Julius D’Silva returns as the scheming Thomas Cromwell and Colin Hurley as a poisonous Cardinal Wolsey.

Jo Herbert played Rosalind in the Globe’s production of As You Like It in 2011 returns to take on the title role.

Henry VIII will be played by new cast member, David Sturzaker

In the play, Howard Brenton sets out to challenge the traditional assumptions of Anne Boleyn as a pawn manipulated by an ambitious father or as a sexually licentious predator, even a witch.

He puts a very different Anne on the stage – a witty and confident woman with controversial religious ideals, taking on the vicious world of Tudor politics.

Bright and flirtatious, Anne conspires with the exiled William Tyndale, to make England Protestant forever.

Jumping forward 70 years, we see the newly crowned James I discover Anne’s copy of the controversial Tyndale Bible, which goes on to become one of the key reference texts for his common ‘authorised’ Bible – which celebrated its 400th anniversary last year.

Howard Brenton’s play premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2010 as part of the organisation’s ongoing programme of new writing. It broke all box office expectations, selling out before opening night and returned to the Globe in 2011. After another exceptional season in the capital, Anne Boleyn now tours to regional venues for a limited nine week tour.


Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 8 – Sat 12 May

Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm

Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm


Tickets £16.50 – £29.50

0131 529 6000