Exploring the life of one of England’s little-known monarchs, Queen Anne follows the sovereign and her close friendship with confidante, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Set in 1702, William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war. Princess Anne is to become Queen and begins to pursue her power with advice from her advisors. Soon, she must decide where her allegiances lie and if she must sacrifice her closest relationship for the sake of the country.
Best-known for her film and television appearances in Atonement, Vanity Fair, The Crimson Petal and the White and Suffragette, Romola Garai is a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated actress, taking over the role of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, which was originally played by Natasha McElhone in 2015. Emma Cunniffe returns to the role of Queen Anne, with previous stage credits including The Crucible, The Master Builder and Women Beware Women at the RSC.
Further casting includes Jonathan Christie as Arthur Maynwaring, Michael Fenton-Stevens as Dr John Radcliffe, James Garnon as Robert Harley, Richard Hope as Sydney Godolphin, Hywel Morgan as Prince George, Beth Park as Abigail Hill and Carl Prekopp as Daniel Defoe.
Queen Anne is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days, After Miss Julie at the Young Vic) and written by Helen Edmundson (The Heresy of Love at the RSC, Mother Teresa is Dead at the Royal Court). Playing for a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the gripping play runs from June 30th to September 30th 2017, with an official opening on July 10th 2017.