Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Queen Anne - Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
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This summer audiences can take a trip back in time to the early 18th century as the Royal Shakespeare Company presents this historical play from writer Helen Edmundson that focuses on Queen Anne, with Emma Cunniffe in the title role.
Ramola Garai stars as the Anne’s friend Sarah, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the production whilst directing duties fall on Natalie Abrahami. Together they will bring to life historic figures as a turning point in British history is revisited and explored through the power struggle at the heart of Anne’s ascension to the throne.
At the beginning of the play William III, Anne’s brother-in-law, is still on the throne and Anne will follow him upon his death. But as power is just over the horizon there are many battles to be fought, with the Act of Union between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland a few years away and many people wanting their own slice of the pie when Anne ascends to the throne. One of them is her long-time friend Sarah, the Duchess of Cambridge, who has her own sights at the top, with Anne left to work out who it is that she can trust.
When Anne sat on the throne from 1702 to 1714 our country went through some great changes, one of which was the union between England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. As such Anne served as the Queen of England, Ireland of Scotland and then the Kingdom of Great Britain before George I came to the throne in 1714.
Writer Helen Edmundson has penned a range of plays during her career, including The Heresy Of Love for the Royal Shakespeare Company (for whom she is the Associate Artist). Her credits include Mother Teresa Is Dead at the Royal Court Theatre and Coram Boy for the National Theatre. Her work has also been experienced by television viewers via a range of programmes.
All of this heads to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The West End venue regularly stages some stand-out plays and 2017 will be no different when Queen Anne runs from Monday 10th July 2017 (with previews beginning on Friday 30th June 2017).
Show & Venue InformationTheatre Royal Haymarket
Friday, 30 June 2017
Saturday, 30 September 2017
2 hrs and 35 minutes including an interval