Two influential women from the 1700s take centre stage in Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne at Theatre Royal
Haymarket (from 30 Jun; p. 48). Directed by Natalie Abrahami, the play blends politics and sexual tension with satirical song. Emma Cunniffe reprises the role of Anne after impressing critics in the role during the play’s 2015-2016 stint at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in 1702 as England is on the verge of war, Princess Anne becomes queen following the death of King William. Grieving over a miscarriage, her vulnerability is exploited by advisers with their own political agenda, particularly Sarah Churchill – who may have been more than a childhood friend.