September 20—October 16, 2016
BY KATE HENNIG
“…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
The Last Wife is two hours, forty minutes, including one intermission.
The Last Wife is generously supported by