Buy Tickets From the 2018-2019 Season: Maxwell Anderson’s Anne of The Thousand Days Playing May 11, 2019 to May 26, 2019

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday May 9, 2019
$20 General Admission Preview Friday May 10, 2019

Kirstin Calvert, Troy Willis (photos by Daniel Parvis)

Intimate details come to light as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII separately relive the memories of the one thousand days of their tempestuous relationship. Watch as their tragic love story slowly unfolds and abruptly comes to an end. Full of adultery, power and deception, Anne of The Thousand Days explores the loss of innocence in so many ways.

Rights provided by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 19 after the show! 

Read the Plot Synopsis

Maxwell Anderson (15 December 1888 – 28 February 1959)

Author, playwright, reporter and lyricist ("The September Song”, “Lost in the Stars"), he was educated at the University of North Dakota (BA) and Stanford University (MA). He taught school in N. Dakota and California, then reported news for the Grand Forks (ND) ‘Herald’ and the San Francisco (CA) ‘Chronicle’. He was an editorial writer for the ‘New Republic’, the ‘Evening Globe’, and the ‘Morning World’ between 1914 and 1918. He wrote the plays “What Price Glory?”; “Anne of the Thousand Days” “Saturday’s Children”; “Elizabeth the Queen”; “Both Your Houses”; “Mary of Scotland”; “Valley Forge”; “Winterset”; “The Masque of Kings”; “The Wingless Victory”; “High Tor” (also the TV score, 1956); “Key Largo”; and “The Bad Seed”. He wrote the lyrics for the Broadway stage scores for “Knickerbocker Holiday” and “Lost in the Stars”. His chief musical collaborators include Kurt Weill and Arthur Schwartz. In 1939, he joined ASCAP. Besides “The September Song” and “Lost in the Stars”, his lyrics include those for the songs “Cry, The Beloved Country”; “When You’re in Love”; “There’s Nowhere to Go but Up”; “It Never Was You”; “Stay Well”; “Trouble Man”; and “Thousands of Miles”.

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Director's Notes

Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins

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Show Roles

Performances May 11-26, 2019

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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