The Last Wife

If this not a historical rendition of the relationship between henry VIII and his last wife, it is history as we would have liked it to be. The play is beautifully constructed and grips your attention from the first word to the last. Kudos to author Kate Hennig on a new masterpiece. This will become a Canadian classic, but should play well in England as well.

This was a great cast with Maev Beatty in the starring role and Joseph Ziegler  as Henry, Sara Farb as Mary and Bahia Watson as Elizabeth. Jonah Q Gribble was charming as Eddie and Gareth Potter suitably lovesick as Thom.

The setting was fascinating with a model of Hampton court hanging overhead, and a range of chairs moving around a table that was at times a bed, a table and anything else it needed to be.

If you do not have tickets yet, hurry up!

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Last Wife

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I am amazed that this is a new play, and one by a relatively inexperienced playwright – it is so well developed. We see lots of new plays at places like Tarragon and they often seem to be works-in-progress. This is the real deal, a clear plot, well-defined characters and witty, intelligent dialogue. Even more amazing when you think about how much history was covered in the play.

    The set was simply but very flexible and effective and Beatty and Ziegler made a believable couple out of two well-rounded characters.

    I really enjoyed it (in case you couldn’t guess!)

    By the way, I’d really like to see Maeve Beatty as Lady M.
    Who to play against her? I am not sure. Graham Abbey was who immediately came to mind. He has done it before and next year he is already busy, but his added experience would make a second shot at it interesting.

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