The Globe's first full summer season since 2019 continues apace with Shakespeare's final play, written with John Fletcher. Now it gets a new collaborator—Hannah Khalil—who brings a female perspective to the story in a production directed by Amy Hodge. Fingers crossed this revival doesn’t repeat history: the premiere of the play at the Globe in 1613 caused the theatre to burn down in less than an hour when a cannon shot announcing Henry’s arrival set fire to the thatch. Henry VIII has often been dismissed as undramatic but Khalil and Hodge should inject some oomph without burning the building down.
‘Who knows yet But from this Lady may proceed a gem To lighten all this isle’ – Act II, scene 3 You know the story: a King who turns his country upside down to try and secure a male heir. But it’s never been told quite like this before. A Queen fights for justice. A Lady provokes reformation. But in the absence of a son, can a Princess change the future? See the story of Henry VIII from a female perspective as Shakespeare’s exploration of love, lineage and power, co-written with John Fletcher, unfolds in the Globe Theatre this Summer. Amy Hodge (Women Beware Women, Globe) directs this production which sees the Globe’s 2022 Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (A Museum in Baghdad) becomes Shakespeare and Fletcher’s third collaborator.