Anne Boleyn returns to Globe Theatre

Theatre fans may soon look for luxury hotels in London to catch a performance of Anne Boleyn at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, running until August 21st.

Howard Brenton’s hit play is at home in the replica of the famous bard’s own theatre, which is part of The Word Is God series of productions taking place this summer.

Other performances include All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Doctor Faustus, The Globe Mysteries and The God of Soho.

Anne Boleyn tells the tale of the newly crowned James I discovering the secret life of Henry VIII’s second wife and her plots with exiled rivals 70 years prior.

Critics have already praised the performance of lead actress Miranda Raison, with the Independent saying: “Her instant rapport with the audience goes down a treat.”

The Daily Telegraph described the actress’ performance as “radiant, intelligent and beautiful”, awarding the play four stars.

“It’s a mouth-watering part for Miranda Raison to play and she does it with charm and gusto in a lavishly dressed production,” added The Stage.

Directed by John Dove, Anne Boleyn will see 22 performances following its sell-out run last year.

The lead actress will be joined by a number of the 2010 cast, including Anthony Howell as Henry VIII and James Garnon as James I.

Miranda is known for her role as Jo Portman in the BBC hit espionage drama Spooks and as Abbey in ITV’s Married Single Other.

This year, she will appear in Sugartown, a new comedy drama series for BBC One.

Anne Boleyn picked up the prize for Best New Play at the Awards, Mr Brenton commented: “The Globe is a fabulous theatre. It’s not this heritage theatre at all but a wildly experimental place because it certainly puts the fear of God into a writer working for it.”

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