READING AND AUDITION NOTICE

 

ANNE BOLEYN by HOWARD BRENTON

Director: TARA LACEY

 

Reading – 23 October 2019 at the Loft at 7.30 p.m. All welcome.

Auditions – 3 November 2019 at the Loft at 10.0 a.m.

Rehearsals begin 7 February 2020

Show dates – April 1-11 2020

 

“Political pawn whose ambitious family manoeuvred her into the King’s bed or predator manipulating her way to power? How will you perceive Anne – and her ghost?”

Howard Brenton’s play, specially commissioned for Shakespeare’s Globe premiered to great acclaim in 2011, touring in 2012 and winning ‘Best New Play’ from WhatsOnStage.com. Described as a play with a ‘big and generous spirit to fill the Globe’, following Shakespeare ‘not just with asides and soliloquies but with a large, colourful canvas’.

This epic play celebrates a great English heroine in a different light, dramatizing Anne Boleyn’s life and legacy – the second wife of Henry VIII who helped change the course of our nation’s history.

“Rummaging through the dead Queen Elizabeth’s possessions upon ascending the throne in 1603, King James I finds alarming evidence that Anne was a religious conspirator, in love with Henry VIII but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. She comes alive for him, a brilliant but reckless young woman confident in her sexuality, whose marriage and death transformed England for ever”.

 

‘Brenton’s narrative is historically illuminating as well as imaginatively free-wheeling’Independent on Sunday

‘Rich, sprightly and unfailingly vivid’Time Out

 

This fabulous, period ensemble piece has a large cast:

The characters: (Playing ages are a guide)

 

Anne Boleyn – 30s

King Henry VIII – mid 40s

Thomas Cromwell – approx 50

Cardinal Wolsey – 60s

 

Lady Rochford } late 20s-30s

Lady Celia       }  20s-30s                   Anne’s women

Lady Jane       } 20s

 

Simpkin –  any age – Cromwell’s man

Sloop – any age – Wolsey’s man; then Cromwell’s

William Tyndale  (Gloucestershire accent) – 40s

King James I (Scottish accent) – late 30s

Robert Cecil – late 30s-early 40s

George Villiers – (lover of James I) – fit young man(!) – 20s

Parrot (Cecil’s man) – any age

Dean Lancelot Andrewes (Anglican bishop) – 40s-50

Doctor John Reynolds (Puritan) -50s

Henry Barrow (Presbyterian) – 40s

 

PLUS

Country Men   and Women, Servants and Courtiers

 

If you are interested in the play but cannot make the reading or audition dates, or for further information please contact either the director, Tara Lacey  via email tara@pepperedwit.co.uk or the Artistic Director, Sue Moore via email suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

 

 

 

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