An Evening with Katherine Parr, The Sixth Wife at Berkeley Castle
|Published: 11th October 2010 17:09|
An Evening with Katherine Parr, The Sixth Wife
Written & performed by Alison Neil
Friday 15th October 2010, 7.30pm
Written and performed by the highly acclaimed Alison Neil, The Sixth Wife is a one-woman theatrical show coming to Berkeley Castle for one-night only on Friday 15th October 2010.
"Henry VIII had six wives . . . . ." one of the few historical facts most of us remember from our schooldays. But why did he marry so many times? And who was that shadowy figure, Katherine Parr - the sixth wife who survived him?
Alison Neils' Katherine Parr
"THE SIXTH WIFE" is set in the night, as Katherine Parr waits for her husband the King to die. She takes the opportunity to reflect on her extraordinary life, and the reign of the glorious, tyrannical - and tragic - Henry VIII.
Katherine Parr saw each of his wives as they came and went - in a variety of unpleasant ways.
Her own life was far from peaceful: four marriages, two indictments for treason, one love affair, power, wealth and death at the age of 36. She became Queen Regent when Henry went to fight the French; she helped to form the new religion of England; she also befriended a lonely and abandoned child, who later became Queen Elizabeth I.
Katherine casts her witty, observant eye over the whole turbulent Tudor age; and shows how a ‘mere woman' could shape the mind of a King - and the future of a nation.
Staged in The Great Hall, this is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy Alison's interpretation of Katherine Parr is the stunning and atmospheric surroundings of Berkeley Castle.
Ticket are £14.50 for Adults, £12 for Concessions and £10 for Children and they are available from the Castle on 01453 810332. Space is limited, so booking early is recommended.