Soulpepper Theatre presents a play by Kate Hennig. The story of Bloody Mary and the battle for the Tudor throne is presented as a contemporary exploration of women and power. Previews from Jan 14, opens Jan 16 and runs to Feb 9, see website for schedule. $25-$98.
Even if you missed the first two in Hennigs Queenmaker series, this play easily stands on its own. When Mary (Shannon Taylor), daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine (Fiona Byrne) becomes the first Queen regnant of England, it causes friction with her cousin Jane (Andrea Rankin) and half-sister Bess (Jessica B. Hill). Beautifully paced and staged by Alan Dilworth on a striking set by Lorenzo Savoini, the play offers an intense study of relationships between women, complicated by family history and religious differences. Hennig employs modern language and humour and this fresh feminist take.
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Location - Young Centre for the Performing Arts