Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry
by Originally devised by Foursight Theatre
5th - 13th April 2019
~ Directed by Darren Barsby ~

Originally devised by Foursight Theatre, Six Dead Queens weaves together history and comedy in this tale of three Catherines, two Annes and one Jane – the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII. Betrayed, beheaded, barren, bemused, broken and bored, this royal gaggle is trapped in eternity and forced to share one husband and one bed upon which they sing, dance and fight to assert themselves as the one true queen. The queens shine a comedic light on the dark reign of Henry VIII, forcing the limitations of their historical archetypes to the breaking point. As each accepts the challenge of being her true self, enemies are transformed into comrades, and the women behind the titles band together to raise a raucous royal coup against their fat, flaccid, inflatable spouse.

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Cast
Loretta FreemanCatherine of Aragon
Rosamund BarnesAnn Boleyn
Ashleigh HarperJane Seymour
Jo ManserAnne of Cleeves
Julia ArundaleKatherine Howard
Josie MeltonCatherine Parr
Crew
Gavin PalmerMusic Director
Chris SmithProduction Secretary
Mark JamesStage Manager
Shelagh MaughanCostumes
Andy Paterson Lighting
Theo Berkhout Sound
Shirley HowlettProps
Ian HoughtonPrompt
Julia ArundaleMusic assistant
Louise DavisDance Choreography
Chris JanesFight Choreography
Ian HoughtonDialect Coach
Chris SmithProps
Chris JanesSet Design
Sarah Doyle-SmithAdditional Script
Laura WattsArtwork
Maddie LeeLighting assistant