The Last Days of Anne Boleyn
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.