Elizabeth I

A welcome revival for 'Anne of the Thousand Days' at Chesapeake Shakespeare

A welcome revival for 'Anne of the Thousand Days' at Chesapeake Shakespeare

He possesses wealth and yields power, surrounded by people devoted to helping him expand both. He likes to eat, and it shows. He grabs at women, force-kisses them if he desires, and, when they annoy him, bad-mouths them vividly.

Yes, he's that inimitable English monarch Henry VIII (you didn't think I meant someone else, did you?), as depicted in Maxwell Anderson's "Anne of the Thousand Days," a 1948 play enjoying an effective revival by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

This isn't the most historically faithful examination of the relationship between Henry and Anne Boleyn, the singular woman who managed to control him, however briefly. But the drama deftly humanizes...

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