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Queen Anne

Queen Anne

Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books

“Fascinating... Edmundson is particularly good on the intricacies of court politics... it is invigorating to see a play that shows women exercising power.” Guardian

“Enthralling… provides two absolutely terrific female roles.” —What's On Stage

“A richly textured, modern history play… a truly compelling drama.” —The Stage

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. Who can Anne turn to when even her most trusted friends seem bent on pursuing 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.

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Queen Anne premiered at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in November 2015, in a production directed by Natalie Abrahami.

Helen Edmundson adapted Anna Karenina, The Mill on the Floss and War and Peace for Shared Experience. She also wrote the National Theatre’s enormously successful dramatisation of Coram Boy, and Swallows and Amazons seen in the West End. Her most recent adaptation—of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin— opened on Broadway in October 2015 starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

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