Divorced, Beheaded, Died: An Audience with King Henry VIII

Date: 30th June 2021

Time: 7pm

Location: The Barn

The year is 1544 and King Henry, the Eighth of that name, is engaged upon Royal Progress about his Realm; and has halted here to afford his Loyal Subjects the opportunity to have ’audience’ with their Sovereign Lord and King. The King, recently married to his new, and sixth, wife, Queen Catherine Parr, is in poor health; his leg continues to cause him considerable pain and he is often in a poor humour! In the course of the ‘audience’, His Majesty will recount the events of his  long reign; telling of his wives and his children, and His Majesty  will invite his Loyal Subjects to Petition him or question him on ANY related subject : there may be some surprising answers – a lively Q&A is assured!

“What a superb show! It was hard to believe we were not in the presence of the formidable monarch himself …. a pitch-perfect performance …. the audience were enthralled by this talented and impressive actor…. do not miss a chance to see such a first-class performance” – Ann Ellison, BEM, Artistic Director, Next Stage Theatre Company and The Mission Theatre, Bath

Performed by Jack Abbot. Written by John White. Presented by ‘Select Society’ – a company which, for in excess of 25 years, has provided historical performance ‘services’ to the UK heritage industry – English Heritage, National Trust, Historic Scotland, and numerous museums, castlesand associated venues, in the UK and the USA; and to educational, corporate, social, and theatrical venues; as well as Film, TV, Theatre, and Radio productions.  

Audience age guidance: 12+ : some moderate swearing and mention of ‘adult themes’


Please note car parking for this event is at Winterbourne Academy off the High Street, BS36 1JL. From there it is a 10 – 15 minute walk down Church Lane to the Barn. Car parking will be available at the Barn for those with mobility issues only. If you cannot manage the walk down to the Barn, please email us on events@winterbournebarn.org.uk and we can reserve you a parking space onsite. There is plenty of bicycle parking at the Barn for those arriving on two wheels.

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