The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight is one of Shakespeare’s – lets put this kindly – less frequently revived plays and was probably written in collaboration with John Fletcher. The theatre burnt down on opening night.
The disgrace and beheading of Anne Boleyn is carefully avoided, and no indication that Henry had any subsequent wives can be found in the play. However, Catherine of Aragon’s (Claire Bloom) plea to Henry before the Legatine Court seems to have been taken straight from historical records.
Dawn Alcock was the makeup artist.