About the show
Friendship vs duty in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Following a sell-out season in Stratford-upon-Avon from November 2015, Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne makes its West End debut. It has a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, opening 30 June 2017.
Natalie Abrahami directs the compelling regal drama. Emma Cunniffe stars in the title role, while Romola Garai plays her closest aide, the Duchess of Marlborough.
1702. The somewhat frail Princess Anne is about to ascend to the throne. The new queen suffers with ill health and is often very shy. But insalubrious advisors and blackmailers make her life even harder. What she could do with is a friend. But Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, the one friend she has, has her own designs on the monarch’s power.
Garai is a Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated actress who appeared in the films Amazing Grace, Atonement and Vanity Fair. Her stage credits include the West End production of Calico. She also appeared in an acclaimed production of Measure For Measure at the Young Vic Theatre.
Cunniffe’s extensive theatre work includes The Crucible at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Losing Louis at the Hampstead Theatre and in the West End, and The Master Builder. That performance earned her the UK Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2000.
Jonathan Christie, Michael Fenton-Stevens, James Garnon, Richard Hope, Hywel Morgan, Beth Park and also Carl Prekopp join Cunniffe and Garai in the production.
Daisy Ashford, Sheena Bhattessa, Gabrielle Brooks, Dave Fishley, Jonny Glynn, Chu Omambala and Sid Sagar complete the cast.
Edmundson’s other plays include The Heresy Of Love and Mother Teresa Is Dead. She has also adapted Therese Raquin, Coram Boy and War And Peace.
A story of intense female friendship and political machinations, Queen Anne is the ideal ticket for fans of historical drama.
The Royal Shakespeare Company‘s Queen Anne runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 June – 30 September 2017.
Map & Location
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
St JamesLondonSW1Y 4HT