Jean writes: Hi Jane – I am writing to thank you very much for the two winning tickets to see Anne Boleyn at the Grand. It was superb, as you would expect from a production by The English Touring Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
The play opened with Anne Boleyn, played by Jo Herbert, marching onto the centre stage clutching a blood stained bag. She was at this point in the play a ghost – and the audience presumed she had her head in the bag!!!
She later proved she had, but it also contained the Tyndale Bible, from which our King James version was produced.
The play moved between Anne Boleyn during her life and 70 years later to the court of King James, who had found her copy of the Tyndale Bible. King James was played in great dashing fashion by James Garnon.
Whilst Anne as a ghost wore a simple white dress, the costumes she wore in “life” were really beautiful as were all the ladies gowns and King and courtiers had fabulous “jewel” encrusted costumes. The entire production was riveting, there was bawdy humour and seriously well written dialogue in a compelling story. Howard’s Brenton’s play was directed by John Dove. There were even baroque musician’s in a minstrels gallery above the stage.
I love the theatre but due to cost I can’t go as much as I would like – so this was a real treat. As you can see from the attached photo’s I enjoyed every minute of it including a glass of wine at the interval (the date is wrong on her camera!)
Jean at The Grand
A glass of wine