In this unique show, Henry VIII tells his story with the ghosts of his Queens and principal courtiers coming back to haunt him. Ken, a volunteer at the local museum, is setting out a display of Tudor items for a lecture being given that day. He finds a hat that belonged to Wil Somers, Henry VIII’s Jester, and tries it on. Suddenly there is a noise from outside, and a magnificent King Henry VIII bursts into the room shouting for Wil and demanding a drink.
Henry VIII is played by John Field who, not only looks like the king, but also has an astounding knowledge of the period.
After the show there is a lively question and answer session about the life and times of Henry and his court. Six children are invited to be one of the Tudors and for one lucky person, a chance to be Anne Boleyn for the day!
“John is a very believable Henry VIII - in fact I think he has been re-incarnated as the 'King'! The script and performance are ideally suited for children and the puppets were exquisite; really bringing to life Henry's Queens. Children and adults were equally enthralled and had plenty of questions for the King in his 'Meet the King' session after the show. A very enjoyable event.”
Oxburgh Hall, National Trust
There is an audible gasp as John Field as 'Henry VIII'
steps out from behind the curtains.
The Great Hall Winchester
John is is also available for meeting and greeting, walkabouts, lectures, personal appearances and hosting banquets
In May 2013 The Henry VIII Show was invited to perform for a week to schools in Gibraltar. This is an email to the producer Angela Jenkins
Dear Ms Jenkins
Mrs Enriles asked me to reply on her behalf. Although neither she nor I actually saw the production, what I can say is that all the children and teachers who did attend came back to school buzzing with excitement and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The level of excitement they brought back with them to school and the interest showed by the children in what they had learnt, was so much higher than what I expected. They all wanted to tell the teachers that were not there what had happened and the interesting facts they had learnt. Truly enjoyable and educational.
Hebrew Primary School