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"Henry VIII had six wives”… one of the few historical facts most of us remember from our schooldays. But why did he marry so many times? And who was that shadowy figure, Katherine Parr - the sixth wife who survived him?
"THE SIXTH WIFE" is set in the night, as Katherine Parr waits for her husband the King to die. She takes the opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary life, and the reign of the glorious, tyrannical - and tragic - Henry VIII.
Katherine Parr saw each of his wives as they came and went - in a variety of unpleasant ways.
Her own life was far from peaceful: four marriages, two indictments for treason, one love affair, power, wealth and death at the age of 36. She became Queen Regent when Henry went to fight the French; she helped to form the new religion of England; she also befriended a lonely and abandoned child - who later became Queen Elizabeth I.
In this fast-moving and entertaining play, Katherine casts her witty, observant eye over the turbulent Tudor age; and shows how a 'mere woman' could shape the mind of a King - and the future of a nation.
ACT ONE Running time: 50 minutes
ACT TWO Running time: 50 minutes
ONE HOUR VERSION
Edited play with NO interval. Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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