New images have been released of the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne which arrives at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 30th June. 

Chu Omambala as John Churchill and Romola Garai as Sarah Duchess of Marlborough in rehearsals for Queen Anne. Credit Marc Brenner
Chu Omambala and Romla Garai. (c)Marc Brenner.

Natalie Abrahami’s production stars Romla Garai as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and Emma Cunniffe as Queen Anne and arrives in London after its run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2015.

Rehearsals for the Royal Shakespeare Company_s production of Queen Anne. Credit Marc Brenner 2
(c)Marc Brenner.

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. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on 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.

The cast in rehearsals for Queen Anne. Credit Marc Brenner
(C) Marc Brenner.

Helen Edmundson’s play explores the life of one of England’s little-known sovereigns and her friendship with her childhood confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. During her reign  Queen Anne saw the rise of the free press as well as the Act of Union between England and Scotland.

The full company for the production is: Daisy Ashford (Lady Clarendon), Sheena Bhattessa (Lady Somerset), Gabrielle Brooks (Jezebel), Jonathan Christie (Arthur Maynwaring), Emma Cunniffe (Queen Anne), Michael Fenton Stevens (Dr John Radcliffe), Dave Fishley (King William III), Romola Garai (Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough), James Garnon (Robert Harley), Jonny Glynn (Jonathan Swift), Richard Hope (Sydney Godolphin), Hywel Morgan (Prince George), Chu Omambala (John Churchill) Beth Park (Abigail Hill), Carl Prekopp (Daniel Defoe) and Sid Sagar (Samuel Masham). Mark Charles, Daniel Daszek-Green and Kwame Kandekore will share the role of Jack Churchill.

Emma Cunniffe as Queen Anne and Romola Garai as Sarah Duchess of Marlborough in rehearsals for Queen Anne. Credit Marc Brenner
Emma Cunniffe and Romla Garai. (c) Marc Brenner.

Queen Anne will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from the 30th June until the 30th September.  To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com,  See Tickets.com,Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.

Sheena Bhattessa as Lady Somerset and Gabrielle Brooks as Lady Russell in rehearsals for Queen Anne. Credit Marc Brenner
Sheena Bhattessa and Gabrielle Brooks. (c) Marc Brenner.

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