‘Who knows yet
But from this Lady may proceed a gem
To lighten all this isle’ – Act II, scene 3
You know the story: a King who turns his country upside down to try and secure a male heir. But it’s never been told quite like this before. A Queen fights for justice. A Lady provokes reformation. But in the absence of a son, can a Princess change the future?
See the story of Henry VIII from a female perspective as Shakespeare’s exploration of love, lineage and power, co-written with John Fletcher, unfolds in the Globe Theatre this Summer. Amy Hodge (Women Beware Women, Globe) directs this production which sees the Globe’s 2022 Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (A Museum in Baghdad) becomes Shakespeare and Fletcher’s third collaborator.
Pure theatre magic
Hannah Khalil's provocative adaptation challenges an archaic legacy of male dominated power
It's messy but appealing
Unashamedly vulgar take on our last split with Europe
Visually anarchic take
Dramatically it feels like a lesser performed work for a reason
Tricky slice of history
Modernised retelling, vulgarity and raucousness abound
Effective when it eschews the gimmicks
It has flashes of brilliance