With a sold-out season at Stratford-upon-Avon under its belt, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne makes the move to London’s West End from 30th June. Making home at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the production is directed by Natalie Abrahami, who directed the piece’s 2015 production in Stratford. The new play by Helen Edmundson focuses on Princess Anne’s accession in 1702 and how her friendship with her close-confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, influenced her reign.
Emma Cunniffe (Great Expectations) reprises her performance as Queen Anne for the West End production and is joined by Romola Garai (The Hour, Suffragette) as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.
It’s 1702 and a new monarch is set to rule. On the passing of William III, Princess Anne ascends to the throne. Grieving from the loss of her father and the loss of her child during pregnancy, the new Queen must turn to her close advisors for comfort and advice. Seeing a chance to expand the political agenda and career of her and her husband, Sarah Churchill gently abuses her close relationship with the Queen. But as the new monarch begins to find her feet in her new role, she becomes increasingly involved and aware of changing situations. And as her views begin to differ greatly from that of her closest-confidante, the Queen must decide where her loyalties lie – to her friend, or to her country.
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(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.