Shakespeare's Globe

Anne Boleyn [2011]

Written by: Howard Brenton
Directed by: John Dove

Hunting through an old chest, the newly crowned James I discovers the controversial legacy of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s notorious second wife. Time jumps back 70 years, when the witty and flirtatious Anne was in love with Henry, but also with the most dangerous ideas of her day. Conspiring with the exiled William Tyndale, she plots to make England Protestant – forever.

A celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn leaps between generations to reveal the debt the outrageous but scholarly James owed to Anne when he shrewdly reconciled England’s religious factions by creating his common, ‘authorised’ Bible.

Anne Boleyn returned to the Globe after a sell-out run in 2010. Award-winning playwright Howard Brenton’s previous work includes In Extremis at Shakespeare’s Globe.


  • Designer Michael Taylor
  • Composer William Lyons


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