Buy Tickets From the 2018-2019 Season: The Tudor Rep: A Man For All Seasons, Henry the Eighth, Anne of The Thousand Days Playing June 06, 2019 to June 16, 2019

The Tudor Repertory


Henry the Eighth
Performances June 7, 13 & 16, 2019
Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins

Shakespeare’s History saga continues. Here we get to know Henry VIII as a virile young man bouncing between his loyal wife Catherine of Aragon and other women in his court. Full of grand pageantry, watch the coronation of Anne Boleyn and the christening of Elizabeth and listen to the famous speeches the noble Duke of Buckingham, the grotesque Cardinal Wolsey and Queen Catherine give as they all fall from grace.



Anne of The Thousand Days
By Maxwell Anderson
Rights provided by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Performances June 6, 9 & 15, 2019
Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins

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.



A Man For All Seasons
By Robert Bolt
Produced by special arrangement with Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Performances June 8 & 14, 2019
Directed by J. Tony Brown

Meet King Henry VIII who, upon learning that the Pope will not grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, decides to break from the Catholic Church. Enter Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More, a long-time friend of the King’s and a staunch Catholic. After Henry declares that he will break from the Catholic Church and passes a bill requiring his subjects to agree to Henry’s supremacy over all, Thomas resigns his Chancellorship and refuses to take the oath. This brilliant and gripping story of one man’s courage and convictions will move all who experience it.



Director's Notes

Anderson's Anne of the Thousand Days will run in repertory with Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons from May-June of 2019. These plays, one from the Renaissance and two from the 20th century, tell the story of one of England’s most notorious and controversial kings from three different perspectives -- or four, if you consider that much of Henry VIII centers around the pain and betrayal felt by the king’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, as she battles both church and crown to save her marriage, her reputation, and her title.

Anne of the Thousand Days recounts the edge-of-your-seat, epic details of the rise and reign of Queen Catherine’s successor, Anne Boleyn. Anderson’s exquisite play offers a softer-than-usual portrayal of this determined and unpopular queen from her own point of view, showing Henry to be the fickle, inconstant womanizer that he was and illuminating some of the controversies and mysteries associated with Anne’s downfall.

Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons is the tale of Thomas More, who stood up to Henry VIII when the King excommunicated himself from the Roman Catholic Church after the Pope forbid Henry to divorce Catherine and marry his long-time mistress, Anne. Thomas More, hitherto loyal to the king, must place his conscience above his friendship and safety when Henry obliterates centuries of religious precedence by creating the Church of England, declaring himself answerable to no religious authority except his own.

The different perspectives offered through the triple-telling of this infamous and world-changing story offer audiences an extraordinary opportunity that must not be missed!

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In Repertory June 6 - 16, 2019

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

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These are plays you may have read in high school or college. The plot is fairly uncomplicated, though some of the themes may be dense or dark. These plays may include supernatural elements, straight-forward politics, historical content or religious content. In these plays, there may also be bawdy language and certain adult situations. 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.

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