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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.

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