Cast Portrays Historic Tragedies of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS: Two-act drama by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Alastair Duff. Presented by the Fish Hoek Dramatic Society. At Masque Theatre, until April 12. SHEILA CHISHOLM reviews
The Anne referred to in Pulitzer Prize winner Maxwell Anderson's Anne of the Thousand Days, is Anne Boleyn - Henry VIII's second wife and mother of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Well documented is Henry's lust for women. A flaw tending to override the fact that he was a cultured man carrying heavy responsibility towards securing male succession to his throne. Therefore, when Catherine of Aragon - his wife for more than 20 years - failed to produced a surviving boy child, he needed to look elsewhere to sire an heir.
When Anne (Marlisa Doubell), daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Boleyn (Cecil Jakins and Helen Mathers), caught Henry's eye (Rudy Gibbons) he relentlessly pursued her. Equally relentless, she determined to become Queen, not mistress.
Thwarted, Henry called on Cardinal Wolsey (John McConnell) to make representation to Pope Clement V11 to have his marriage annulled. Permission refused, Henry declared himself head of the Church of England, thereby legalising his marriage to Anne and legitimising their issue. …