About the showRomola Garai stars alongside Emma Cunniffe in the RSC transfer of Queen Anne, which originally premiered at the Swan Theatre in 2015. Written by Helen Edmundson, the play delves into the life of one of England’s little-known monarchs, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season beginning June 30th 2017.
It’s 1702, William III is on the throne and England is on the brink of war. Princess Anne is set to become Queen, with her advisors already vying for influence over her future. Following the close friendship with her confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, Anne begins to pursue her own designs on power. Forced to contend with deceit, blackmail and betrayal, Anne must quickly decide if it’s worth sacrificing her relationships for the sake of the country.
Romola Garai takes over the role of Sarah Churchill from Natasha McElhone, who played the Duchess in the 2015 production. Romola is best known for her screen appearances, which include Atonement, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Hour and Vanity Fair, as well an award-winning stage role in Calico, and King Lear and The Seagull at the RSC.
Emma Cunniffe returns to the role of the eponymous Queen Anne, with extensive theatre credits including The Master Builder, Tales from Hollywood, Women Beware Women and The Crucible. Television appearances include Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Waterloo Road and Great Expectations.
Further cast members include Jonathan Christie as Arthur Maynwaring, Michael Fenton-Stevens as Dr John Radcliffe, James Garnon as Robert Harley, Richard Hope as Sydney Godolphin, Hywel Morgan as Prince George, Beth Park as Abigail Hill, Carl Prekopp as Daniel Defoe, Daisy Ashford as Lady Clarendon and Sheena Bhattessa as Lady Somerset, as well as Gabrielle Brooks, Dave Fishley, Jonny Glynn, Chu Omambala and Sid Sagar.
Queen Anne is directed by former Associate Director at the Young Vic Natalie Abrahami, whose credits include Happy Days, After Miss Julie and Ah, Wilderness! Written by Helen Edmundson (Mother Teresa is Dead, The Heresy of Love), Queen Anne runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from June 30th to September 30th 2017, with a press night on July 10th 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of the recent RSC productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing will enjoy Queen Anne, which transfers from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Queen Anne is recommended for those aged 18 and up.