by Helen Edmundson.
1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war.
Princess Anne is soon to become Queen and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Whom can Anne turn to when even her most trusted friends seem bent on pursuing power?
Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
Helen Edmundson’s gripping play explores the little-known story of a monarch caught between friendship and duty. Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play premiered at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015 and was revived at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London in 2017.
Cast & Crew
|Abigail Hill||Dani Wain|
|Archbishop of Canterbury||Bernhard Whelan|
|Arthur Maynwaring||Mark Gadsby|
|Colonel Masham||Micha Darmola|
|Daniel Defoe||Micha Darmola|
|Dr John Radcliffe||Alistair Hudson|
|John Arbuthnot||Bernhard Whelan|
|John Churchill||Matthew Huntbach|
|Johnathan Swift||Ruben Whitter|
|King William III||Bernhard Whelan|
|Prince George of Denmark||Alistair Hudson|
|Queen Anne||Michelle Smith|
|Robert Harley||James Whitby|
|Sarah Churchill||Tamzin Grayson-Gaunt|
|Sidney Godolphin||Jonathan Cleaver|
“Smith does a fine job of using her physicality and voice to show Anne’s fragility and contrastingly, her strength when needed.”
“Grayson-Gaunt has the poise expected of a power-hungry character, adapting tone and physicality to suit the intention of the character.”
“Special mention goes to Ruben Whitter who has real presence on the stage and perfectly captures the posture and clipped speech of the time.”
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