The Last Days of Anne Boleyn: a new play at the Tower of London explores the final days of the ill-fated Tudor Queen

Saturday 5 May – Tuesday 28 August 2018

Saturday 5 May – Tuesday 28 August 2018

From May 2018, the final days of one of the Tower of London’s most infamous prisoners, Anne Boleyn, will be brought to life in a new play, to run throughout the summer season at the Tower.

The performance, written and directed by Michael Fentiman, will follow the last 17 days of Anne’s life. After one of the most controversial courtships in history, during the course of which Henry VIII famously broke with the Catholic Church to marry her and conceive an heir, she spent the night at the Tower of London before her coronation in 1533. She returned to the Tower in 1536, accused of adultery and treason. The Last Days of Anne Boleyn explores her tragic final days at the famous fortress, from her imprisonment and interrogation, through to her trial and execution.

The performance is staged on the site of the lost Tudor Palace at the Tower, where Anne spent her last 17 days. It uses contemporary sources - including her own words from letters to her husband, Henry VIII and her final speech on the scaffold - to paint an intimate and moving picture of this tragic history, in the place where it happened.

This theatrical spectacle draws on the music, ritual and liturgy of Henry VIII’s Tudor Court for inspiration, as we bear witness to the dizzying fall of this extraordinary woman, who won and lost a king in the space of three years and who continues to exert a powerful fascination nearly five hundred years later.

This outdoor show runs for approx. 35 minutes with two performances per day, 11:00am and 14:00pm from Friday-Tuesday in the shadow of the iconic White Tower.

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn is included in the Tower of London general admission ticket. For more information and to buy tickets visit https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/the-last-days-of-anne-boleyn/#gs.gdPy0XA

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The Last Days of Anne Boleyn has been commissioned and produced by Historic Royal Palaces as part of our commitment to working with the most exciting contemporary artists to help us unlock the stories of our palaces for all our visitors.

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn

5 May – 28 August, Friday-Tuesday, on selected dates and subject to weather conditions, please check website in advance

Performance times 11:00am and 2:00pm

On 5 May there will only be one performance at 14:00. Performances will not take place on 22 May and 9-17 June 2018

Suitable for all ages

Performance included in Tower of London admission ticket

Suitable for all ages

Performance included in Tower of London admission ticket 

Cast List

Lawrence Boothman, Kazuma Andrew Costello, Natasha Cowely, Amy Cudden, David Fielder, Oliver Grant, Rhiannon Llewellyn and Benedict Salter

Creative Team

Michael Fentiman - Director/Writer, Gabriella Slade - Costume Designer, Lily Arnold - Set Designer, Barnaby Race – Composer, Paul Kieve - Illusionist and Annelie Powell - Casting Director

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk