A new play by Ade Solanke, directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay
It's the summer of 1539 and Henry VIII is looking for a fourth wife after the death of his beloved Jane Seymour. Join the court as Thomas Cromwell oversees the finishing touches to a feast he hopes will seal the marriage treaty between Henry and Anne of Cleves.
The palace is a flurry of activity with the cooks preparing food for the feast in the kitchens, servants taking deliveries and bustling around the service areas, musicians preparing the entertainment, and guests and courtiers preparing their finest clothes.
However, with Henry's mood threatening to upset weeks of planning, everyone is watching nervously to find out what happens next. Can the returning favoured court trumpeter, John Blanke help to soothe the king’s mood?
Full of music and drama this new play written for Hampton Court Palace by Ade Solanke and directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay, brings the court of the palace’s most famous resident to life in a theatrical spectacle suitable for all ages.
The Court Must Have a Queen runs from the 29 June- 3 September 2018 Thursday- Monday.
Performances take place in the Great Hall at 11:30, 12:30 and 15:30 and last approximately 30 minutes.
Jack Benjamin – John Blanke
Wesley Charles – Musicians & understudy John Blanke/Henry Oisleger
Royce Cronin – Thomas Cromwell
Steve Dorsett – Musicians & understudy Henry VIII/Cromwell
Rhiann Francis – Musician & understudy Maria
Lindsay Goodhand – Musician & understudy Lady Margaret Bryan
Marcia Lecky – Maria
Siôn Tudor Owen – Henry VIII
Yvonne Riley – Lady Margaret Bryan
Mathew Wernham – Henry Oisleger
Creative & Production Team
Ade Solanke - Writer
Sam Curtis Lindsay - Director
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster - Movement Director
Simon Slater – Music Director
Amelia Jane Hankin – Designer
Emily Jones – Casting Director
Mumba Dodwell – Assistant Director
Samantha Nurse – Company Stage Manager
Frances White – Deputy Stage Manager
Martha Mamo – Assistant Stage Manager
Wardrobe managed for HRP by Past Pleasures Ltd
Commissioned and Produced by Historic Royal Palaces
Henry VIII bear, named after Hampton Court Palace's notorious resident King Henry VIII, in a traditional Tudor costume. Suitable for little princes and princesses aged three years and above. Measures 28cm.
Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018 with the official commemorative fine bone china plate. Made in England using traditional fine bone china techniques, unchanged for centuries, this collector's plate has been commissioned exclusively by Buckingham Palace to mark the royal occasion.