Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description King Henry's wife Katherine, despite a dutiful marriage of twenty years producing eight children, has failed to bear a male heir to the throne. Here begins Shakespeare's final play, Henry VIII, an historical tale of backroom politics and grand pageantry.
Bearing the curious, and often-suggested, ironic subtitle, All is True, Henry VIII chronicles the King's traumatic final years. Gregory Doran's sumptuous production, revels in gorgeous period costumes, triumphant fanfares and majestic golden tableaux, and serves as a processionnal documentary of England's Tudor royalty and the glories of the new Protestant supremecy. The production soars to a celebratory climax in the birth of the beloved Elizabeth, Shakespeare's patron Queen.