In a triumph of site-specific staging, theatre fans can see a play about Anne Boleyn performed at the Tower of London, where the Tudor queen was tried, executed and buried back in 1536.
Fallen In Love is the story of Anne’s alleged incestuous relationship with her brother. It’ll be performed in the Banqueting Suite of the New Armouries at the Tower by Suffolk theatre company Red Rose Chain.
Jim Malarkey, head of visitor and commercial services at the Tower of London, says
The Tower is the place where Anne Boleyn spent her final days and her bones still rest at the Tower. Her love life was, in part, her downfall, presenting Henry VIII with a convenient and almost certainly contrived reason to persecute his queen. Could there be a more appropriate setting for this wonderful play?
This isn’t the first time Henry VIII’s controversial second wife has had her life turned into drama. There are numerous books and, of course, the Natalie Portman / Scarlett Johansson Hollywood film. Back in 2010, Shakespeare’s Globe staged a successful production a Howard Brenton’s play called Anne Boleyn with Miranda Raison as the doomed queen. Time will tell if this new setting further illuminates this oft-told story.
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