The Theatre Royal Haymarket delves into Britain’s past this June as it stages this new play from Helen Edmundson that looks at the power struggle related to Queen Anne’s ascension to the throne back in the 18th century. Emma Cunniffe portrays the titular Anne, with Ramola Garai as Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company this will be a wonderful opportunity to witness some compelling performances as they bring new life to characters that stood at the top during an important time of British history.
The show is set at the beginning of the 18th century with William III still on the throne of England, Ireland of Scotland. It is only five years before the Act of Union between England and Scotland that created the Kingdom of Great Britain and Princess Anne is set to ascend to the throne upon her brother-in-law’s death. But the Duchess of Marlborough, a long-time close friend of Anne, is also striving for her own place of power and she will go to great lengths to make sure it happens, with Anne stuck working out who she can trust.
Queen Anne reigned between 1702 and 1714, with the Act of Union taking place in 1707 and transforming Europe. She was succeeded on the throne by George I in 1714.
This show has been penned by Helen Edmundson, who has regularly put together work for prestigious companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company (with The Heresy Of Love), so fans of the RSC know that they will be in safe hands with Queen Anne.
She first presented Queen Anne in Stratford-upon-Avon, with the Theatre Royal Haymarket version beginning in June 2017. It will play at the West End venue under the direction of Natalie Abrahami and audiences will see events unfold through her eyes as Ramola Garai and company delve into the characters.
Garai has plenty of experience of presenting some memorable performances, appearing in shows across the country and also playing roles on the screen in films like Atonement. As such her appearance in Queen Anne will provide audiences with an insightful look at a tumultuous time in British history.
Queen Anne runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Monday 10th July 2017 (previews from Friday 30th June 2017).
|Booking From:||Friday, 30th June 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 30th September 2017|
|Thu:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Friday, 30 Jun, 2017||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London||Queen Anne RSC|
|Saturday, 01 Jul, 2017||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London||Queen Anne RSC|
|Monday, 03 Jul, 2017||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London||Queen Anne RSC|
|Tuesday, 04 Jul, 2017||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London||Queen Anne RSC|
|Wednesday, 05 Jul, 2017||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London||Queen Anne RSC|
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