ABOUT QUEEN ANNE
Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Swan Theatre in
Stratford-upon-Avon in 2015-16, the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Queen Anne transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 June.
Emma Cunniffe (The Crucible, Great Expectations) returns as Queen Anne and is joined by Romola Garai (Suffragette, The Hour) as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough in Helen Edmundson's ( The Heresy of Love) gripping play that reveals the corruption and intrigue at the heart of the court.
Queen Anne is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days) and plays for a strictly limited thirteen week season presented by TRH Productions and Zeilinger Productions.
1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war.
Princess Anne is soon to become Queen, and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on power.
Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
‘A fascinating play with uncanny modern parallels’
— Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph
‘A real summer treat’
— Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
‘As regal and captivating as the best historical royal dramas’
— Nick Wells, Radio Times
‘Intelligent and enjoyable’
— Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
— Michael Billington, The Guardian
‘An enticing glimpse of the passions behind the politics’
— Sam Marlowe, The Times
Helen Edmundson - Writer
Helen’s plays include The Clearing (Bush Theatre), Mother Teresa is Dead (Royal Court), Mary Shelley (Shared Experience at The Tricycle and on tour), and The Heresy of Love (RSC). Her other work includes Coram Boy (National Theatre and on Broadway), a new version of Calderon’s Life is a Dream (Donmar), a musical adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, written with composer Neil Hannon, (Bristol Old Vic, West End and on tour) and Thérèse Raquin (Theatre Royal Bath and on tour). She has written a number of adaptations for Shared Experience Theatre including Anna Karenina and Mill on the Floss, which toured nationally and internationally, and War and Peace, first staged at the National Theatre.
Helen has recently completed screenplays for See Saw Films and Potboiler Productions and her episodes of the Hat Trick television drama The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher were seen on ITV, as well as the film adaptation of An Inspector Calls on BBC television. Helen is currently working on a new play, commissioned by the National Theatre. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Windham Campbell Prize for drama 2015, a John Whiting Award for The Clearing, a TMA Award for Anna Karenina and Time Out Awards for Mill on the Floss and Coram Boy. She is an Associate Artist of Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Natalie Abrahami - Director
Natalie is a former Genesis Fellow and Associate Director at the Young Vic. Her Young Vic credits include Happy Days, After Miss Julie and Ah, Wilderness! and the short films MAYDAY, The Roof and Life's a Pitch. As former Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London, Natalie's productions include Vanya and The Kreutzer Sonata which later transferred to La MaMa, New York. Other credits include: Queen Anne (RSC), How the Whale Became and Other Tales (Royal Opera House), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong) and Pericles (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre). Natalie was also an Associate Artist at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton between 2013 and 2015 and Associate Director at Hull Truck in 2012 where she directed Yerma and Hitchcock Blonde. Natalie won the James Menzies-Kitchin Award for Directors in 2005 for her double-bill of Play and Not I (Battersea Arts Centre).
Hannah Clark – Set & Costume Designer
Hannah trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and was a winner of the 2005 Linbury Biennial Prize for stage design.
Her designs include: Suor Angelica and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera North), 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House), Idomeneo (Garsington Opera), Queen Anne (RSC), Thomas Tallis and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s Globe – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), The Roof and Motor Show (Requardt & Rosenberg/Fuel), Bank On It (Theatre Rites/Barbican), Blink (Nabokov/Soho Theatre), The Oresteia, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The God of Soho, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Mothers, Episode, Pequenas Delicias, Roadkill Café, and Jammy Dodgers (Frauke Requardt & Company), Forever House (Plymouth Drum), And No More Shall We Part (Hampstead/Traverse Theatre), Pericles (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), London and House of Agnes (Paines Plough), The Talented Mr. Ripley and Under Milk Wood (Theatre Royal, Northampton), Billy Wonderful and Proper Clever (Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse), Wit, The Cracks in My Skin and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Taming of the Shrew (Bristol Old Vic).
Charles Balfour – Lighting Designer
Recent credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Sadko (Ghent Opera), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Pinter Theatre), The Kite Runner (Wyndham’s), The Seven Acts of Mercy, The Alchemist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Play for the Nation (RSC), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National), The Suppliant Women (ATC/Edinburgh Lyceum), Torn (Royal Court).
Other theatre includes: Richard III, Mojo, Posh, Through the Leaves (West End), The River (Broadway), Hecuba, The Christmas Truce, I’ll Be the Devil (RSC), Minetti (Edinburgh International Festival), The Events (ATC/Young Vic/New York), The River, Choir Boy, Chicken Soup with Barley, Now or Later, The Ugly One (Royal Court), Ah Wilderness, Dirty Butterfly, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Girlfriend Experience (Young Vic), The Accrington Pals, Orlando, To Kill a Mockingbird (Manchester Royal Exchange), Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Angels in America, The English Game (Headlong).
Dance and music includes: over 30 works for Richard Alston Dance Company (Sadler’s Wells/ worldwide), Red Balloon, Magical Night (Aletta Collins/ROH2), Women and Memory (Rosemary Butcher/Tate Modern), Four Seasons (Oliver Hindle/Birmingham Royal Ballet), Turning World (Beijing Dance Acadamy), La Bianca Notte (Hamburg Opera), OperaShots, La Voix Humaine (Royal Opera House), Carmen, Werther, Saul (Opera North), Silence Night and Dreams (Athens Acropolis).
Ben & Max Ringham – Composers & Sound Designers
Ben and Max have won numerous awards including the OffWestEnd Award for Best Sound Designer 2014 and IMGA Excellence in Sound Design 2014, and have been nominated for two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Sound Design.
Theatre credits include: Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses, Doctor Faustus, The Maids, The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), The Dresser, Jeeves and Wooster (Duke of York’s), The Mighty Walzer (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Paper Dolls (Tricycle), La Musica, Ah, Wilderness! (Young Vic), The Mentalists (Wyndham’s), We Want You to Watch, She Stoops to Conquer, Henry IV Parts I & II (National), 2071, Adler and Gibb, NSFW (Royal Court), Dawn French (UK Tour), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud/US Tour), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), The Pride (Royal Court, Trafalgar Studios, UK Tour), A Mad World My Masters (RSC), Ring (BAC), The Duchess of Malfi, All About My Mother (Old Vic), Democracy (Sheffield Crucible/Old Vic), My City (Almeida), Polar Bears, Phaedra, Piaf (Donmar), The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick).
Ben and Max are associate artists with the Shunt collective and two-thirds of the band Superthriller. In 2013 they designed ‘Papa Sangre II’ a sound based IOS game for digital arts company Somethin’ Else. They are also co-creators of the immersive theatre company Wiretapper.
Helena Palmer CDG – Casting Director
Helena has been Casting Director at the RSC since 2008.
Theatre includes work at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and the National Theatre.
Freelance projects include productions for Theatre Royal Bath, the Nuffield Theatre, Northcott Theatre and Glasgow Tramway .
For television and film, she was Associate at Cannon Dudley and Associates, working on a variety of US and European screen projects. Freelance projects include numerous episodes of The Bill.
Jane Moriarty – Assistant Director
As Director: Blue Stockings (Mountview), Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (White Bear Theatre), Boxed In (Pleasance Theatre), Dream Life of a Social Worker (Theatre503/RWR), Night of January 16th (White Bear Theatre), Innisfree (Waterloo East Theatre) and Boston Marriage (Cockpit Theatre).
As Assistant Director: Queen Anne, The Christmas Truce (RSC), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), The Taming of the Shrew, The King James Bible (Shakespeare’s Globe), Tommy – The Musical (Prince Edward Theatre), Molly Sweeney (The Print Room), but i cd only whisper (Arcola) and Life for Beginners (Theatre503).
As Movement Director/Choreographer: Arcadia and Translations (ETT and Sheffield Crucible).
Jane trained at Mountview and is an Education Associate Practitioner for the RSC and ATG. She was the Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio 2016-17.
Anna Morrissey – Movement Director
Anna’s movement career encompasses theatre and opera and she held the position of Artist in Residence, for the Historic Royal Palaces.
Selected credits include: Rise and Ages (Old Vic New Voices), What Shadows, Back Down and A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), The Absence of War (Headlong/Sheffield Theatres/The Rose Theatre), King Charles III (Wyndhams/Almeida Theatre), World of Extreme Happiness (NT), Pericles, Antony and Cleopatra, The Grain Store, The Drunks, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, Marat / Sade (RSC), London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony (Movement Assistant), Dunsinane and Caledonia (NT of Scotland), My Dad’s A Birdman (Young Vic), The Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange).
Opera credits include: Macbeth and Sweeney Todd (WNO), SwanHunter (Opera North/The Wrong Crowd), Salome and Hansel and Gretel (NI Opera), The Magic Flute (NI Opera/Nevill Holt), Macbeth, The Flying Dutchman, Noye’s Fludde (NI Opera/Belfast Zoo/Beijing Music Festival/MISA Shanghai), Elisir D’amore, The Barber of Seville and Manon Lescaut (Opera Holland Park), Hansel and Gretel (Opera North), and Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera).
Directing credits include Beating Heart Cadaver (Finborough Theatre), Masque Arias (RSC New Work/Stratford River Festival), Ghost Plays (RSC, Young People’s Project), Memories Cabaret (Chapito, Lisbon).
Candida Caldicot – Musical Director
Musical Director credits include: Woyzeck (Old Vic), Prodigy (St James), Battle of the Boat (Rose Kingston), Beyond the Fence (Sky Arts/Arts Theatre), Peter Pan (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), It’s A Mad World My Masters (English Touring Theatre), Hecuba, The Witch of Edmonton, The Heresy of Love, The Heart of Robin Hood (RSC), The Tempest (RSC/US Suitcase Tour), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Company), Galileo (Birmingham Rep), A Soldier in Every Son (International Tour), Bed and Sofa (Finborough Theatre), The Vaudevillians (Lowry Theatre/Charing Cross Theatre), The First Lady Suite (Union Theatre), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), A Century of Women (Leicester Square Theatre), Jet Set Go (Jermyn Street Theatre), Wendy and Peter, The White Devil, Arden of Faversham, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, King John, City Madam, 50 Years of the RSC Musical (Associate MD, RSC).
As Composer: The Tempest (Southwark Playhouse), Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre), 4 Pepys (Wilderness Festival), Treasure Island, Much Ado About Nothing, Pinocchio, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Romeo and Juliet, Wind in the Willows (Iris Theatre), Macbeth(Shakespeare in Styria), Once Upon A Time (Booktrust Tour), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse).
Royal Shakespeare Company – Originating Producer
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30 June to 30 September 2017
Monday to Saturday evenings 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm
Running time 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 20 minute interval
TICKET PRICES - NO BOOKING FEE
Premium Stalls & Royal Circle £95
Stalls £65, £55, £45
Royal Circle £65, £55, £45, £35*
Upper Circle £45, £35, £25*, £15**
VIP Oscar Wilde Room Tickets £105 - includes a £65 Stalls Ticket
* Limited View
** Restricted View - only available to buy in person
*** Patrons in the Gallery should be aware that seating is on cushioned wooden benches
Please note there are 65 steps to the Upper Circle & Gallery.
A restoration levy of £1.50 is included in these prices.
A limited number of front row seats are available at £10 from 10am in person at the Haymarket Box Office on the day of the show. Maximum two per person.
Concessions (Students, Seniors, Job-seekers and Equity)
£25 for Best available seats. Valid on the day only, strictly subject to availability.
16 – 25 Year Olds
A limited number of day tickets at £5 will be available in person at the Haymarket Box Office on the day of the performance only. Maximum two per person. Proof of ID will be required.
Valid Monday to Thursday performances
Standard Group Rate £45 – Stalls or Royal Circle
School Group Rate £25 – Upper Circle. UK Schools only during term time. One free adult place provided (and required) for every ten students.
To book please contact the Box Office on 020 7930 8800
£25 for those with access requirements and their companion. Patrons requiring access into the theatre, wheelchair spaces and the Access rate please contact the Box Office on 020 7930 8800.
Audio Described and Captioned Performances
Audio Described Wednesday 2 August 7.30pm
Captioned Wednesday 9 August 7.30pm
Please contact the Box Office on 020 7930 8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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020 7930 8800
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Theatre Royal Haymarket
Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT
Box Office Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am – 6.30pm
GETTING TO THE THEATRE
Piccadilly Circus (3 min walk) – Bakerloo & Piccadilly
Leicester Square (6 min walk) – Northern & Piccadilly
Charing Cross (7 min walk) – Bakerloo & Northern
Charing Cross (7 min walk)
6, 13, 15, 23, 139, 159, 453
Nearest car park is on Whitcomb Street (Q-Park)
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020 7930 8800