Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm
Conflict Between Church & State: An Audience with King Henry VIII
The year is 1542 and the 'King' is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm. He reflects upon the events of recent years, which clearly weigh heavily upon him. Newly a widower, following the execution of his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, the King contemplates his actions and their outcomes.
The single Act production encompasses the ending of his first marriage, to Aragon, the marriage to Boleyn, the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries, the rebellion in the north and, collectively, the impact upon his Realm and people. The performance runs into a Q&A session which enables audience members to directly question the King; questions which are answered both ‘in’ and ‘out’ of character.