Free Thinking | Tudor Families
Henry VIII from a female perspective is on offer at the Globe Theatre this summer in a new adaptation of the play written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Globe writer in residence Hannah Khalil explains some of the more surprising innovations in this production, while New Generation Thinker Emma Whipday presents the familiar saga of Henry VIII as the story of a step-family, and historian Joanne Paul reveals the machinations of the Dudley family in its quest for power and influence at the Tudor court. Catherine Fletcher presents.Tweet
Drama on 3 | Henry VIII
Shakespeare's play about the monarch who came to the throne as a 17 year old, 500 years ago.
Prefaces to Shakespeare | Henry VIII
Donald Sinden presents a personal view of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, referring to the politics of the age, and problems posed to the actor, especially in the wearing of the costume. Sinden played the title role in the 1969 Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Trevor Nunn. "Henry is one of those few historical characters whose appearance is known to every man in the street, because of the endless reproductions of Holbein's portrait. There he stands, this great bulk of a man, his feet astride, hands on hips, with vast hunched shoulders. All the poor actor can do is to try to look like that portrait and therein lies the problem."