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The King's Mare
By Jean Cannolle and Anita Loos.
Directed by Ian Guy.

9th - 12th April 2019, at Ide Primary School.

Having endured 3 wives already Henry VIII has sworn off marriage for good whereas his courtiers see the 'vacancy' as an opportunity for a political alliance.

The King's Mare - Archbishop Cranmer, Thomas Crowell, Henry VIII and Sir Thomas Wroithsley The King's Mare - Duke of Norfolk, Hans Holbein, Henry VIII, Archbishop Cranmer, Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas Wroithsley

Eventually picking the courts choice of Anne of Cleves from paintings provided by Holbein the poor girl turns out to be nothing like Henry expected.

The King's Mare - Frau Willick and Frau Schwartzenbrock The King's Mare - Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII and Sir Thomas Wroithsley

She speaks no English, he speaks no Flemish and on the wedding night the poor interpreter ends up in the marriage bed with them where a hilarious three way conversation takes place!

The King's Mare -  Anne of Cleves, Sir Thomas Wroithsley and Henry VIII The King's Mare - Kathryn Howard and  Anne of Cleves

Grim ladies in waiting, interfering courtiers and a coquettish Katherine Howard all add to the chaos in this Tudor mix of Carry on Henry meets saucy seaside postcards!

The King's Mare - Kathryn Howard

Henry VIIIDoug Thomson
Thomas CromwellShahar Lashkor
Archbishop CranmerRobin Thwaytes
Sir Thomas WroithsleyElliott Logan
Duke of NorfolkEd Heeley
Hans HolbeinGraham Setter
Chancellor of ClevesMalcolme Littler
Frau SchwartzenbrockEllie Lynas
Frau WillickLynda Anning
Anne of ClevesSarah Thorn
Katherine HowardElla James
Lady in WaitingJosephine Paulsen
GuardPaul Anning