September 20—October 16, 2016 

The Last Wife

BY KATE HENNIG

Show Info

“…wit, intelligence, power and compassion…a superb play” TORONTO STAR 

“…dynamic, engrossing…truly excellent theatre” POSTMEDIA

This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women’s rights. It’s a dangerous game of chess, with Henry’s offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE GREAT CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANY (OTTAWA).

WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY 

The moment I read this script, I knew it was a ‘Belfry play.’ Smart, contemporary, and witty, it confidently and proudly looks at history through a female lens. Katherine Parr’s brains are sexy to Henry, and her mentorship of the young Elizabeth paves the way for a strong female monarch. I love its modern dress and modern language. This play premiered last summer at the Stratford Festival, and I am proud that we are giving it its second production. Michael Shamata

AUDIENCE ADVICE

The Last Wife is two hours, forty minutes, including one intermission.

 

The Last Wife is generously supported by

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Cast & Artists

    • Sean Baek
    • Thomas
    • Oliver Becker
    • Henry
    • Ellis James Frank
    • Edward
    • Anie Richer
    • Mary
    • Celine Stubel
    • Kate
    • Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha
    • Bess
    • Kate Hennig
    • Playwright
    • Esther Jun
    • Director
    • Shannon Lea Doyle
    • Designer
    • Martin Conboy
    • Lighting Designer
    • John Gzowski
    • Sound Designer
    • Jennifer Swan
    • Stage Manager
    • Jessica McLeod
    • Assistant Stage Manager

The Heart of the Matter

  • 1 Esther Jun B4Play Interview
  • 2 Erin E Kelly B4Play Interview
  • 3 Celine Stubel B4Play Interview
  • 4 Georgia Sitara B4Play Interview