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Queen Anne - rehearsal images released

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

REHEARSAL images have been released for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Further casting has been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from July 10 (previews from June 30) to September 30, 2017.

Joining previously announced Romola Garai and Emma Cunniffe are Daisy Ashford (as Lady Clarendon), Sheena Bhattessa (Lady Somerset), Gabrielle Brooks (Jezebel and Lady Russell), Dave Fishley (King William III and Groom), Jonny Glynn (Jonathan Swift), Chu Omambala (John Churchill) and Sid Sagar (Samuel Masham and Inns of Court Singer).

They join Jonathan Christie (Arthur Maynwaring), Michael Fenton Stevens (Dr John Radcliffe), James Garnon (Robert Harley), Richard Hope (Sidney Godolphin), Hywel Morgan (Prince George), Beth Park (Abigail Hill) and Carl Prekopp (Daniel Defoe).

Previously Posted: After originally opening at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2015, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne is transferring to the West End.

Starring Romola Garai as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and Emma Cunniffe as the eponymous monarch, it will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for thirteen weeks – from July 10 (previews from June 30) to September 30, 2017.

Written by Helen Edmundson (The Heresy of Love, RSC) and directed by Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days, Young Vic), this gripping new play explores the life of one of England’s little-known sovereigns and her intimate friendship with her childhood confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.

1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war.

Princess Anne is soon to become Queen, and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on power.

Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.

Romola Garai is best known for appearing in films such as Amazing Grace, Atonement, Vanity Fair, Inside I’m Dancing, Glorious 39 and Suffragette, and in BBC series such as Emma, The Hour and The Crimson Petal and the White. She has been nominated for a BAFTA and twice for a Golden Globe Award.

In addition to her work on screen Garai’s theatre credits include Calico (West End; Evening Standard Theatre Award Outstanding Newcomer nomination), King Lear and The Seagull (RSC), The Village Bike (Royal Court), Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith) and Measure for Measure (Young Vic).

Emma Cunniffe won the UK Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Master Builder in 2000. Her other stage work includes Tales from Hollywood (Donmar Warehouse), Losing Louis (Hampstead Theatre/West End), Women Beware Women (RSC), Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Entertainer (Old Vic), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola Theatre), A Doll’s House (The Lowry), Edward II, Three Sisters, Major Barbara and Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange) and Amongst Friends and The Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre).

She was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award in 2011 for her role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Cunniffe also has numerous TV credits including Unforgotten, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Waterloo Road, Father Brown, Coronation Street, Moving On, Southcliffe, Good Cop, The Other Child, Doctor Who, Poirot, A Place of Execution, The Genius of Mozart, Clocking Off, All The King’s Men, Great Expectations and The Lakes.

Tickets: From £15 – on general sale from February 13 at www.rscqueenanne.com/.

NB: £10 Day Seats will be available from 10am on the day of the performance only through the Theatre Royal Haymarket box office. A limited number of £5 tickets for 16-25 year olds will also be available from 10am on the day of the performance only at the Theatre Royal Haymarket box office. Proof of ID will be required. Day Seats will not be available on Press Night.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Captioned performance: Wednesday, August 9.

Audio-described performance: Wednesday, August 2.

Image: Romola Garai (Sarah, Duchess of Malborough) and Emma Cunniffe (Queen Anne) in Queen Anne. Photo credit: Darren Bell.

Also at the Theatre Royal Haymarket: Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, starring Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo (March 24 to June 24, 2017).