A Tudor tragedy

MUSICIANS and storytellers Bob Whitley (guitar, tenor guitar and mandola) and Lee MacKenzie (baroque cello) take the audience back to the dangerous Tudor court of King Henry VIII with their new show, Anne Boleyn: Wolf at the Door, which has three dates with Artsreach rural touring arts charity at Milborne St Andrew village hall on Wednesday 20th March, Nether Compton village hall on Friday 22nd at 2.30pm, and Wootton Fitzpaine village hall on Sunday 24th at 7.30.

This musical tale of love and Tudor tragedy begins as Anne Boleyn holds King Henry VIII in thrall for six years, eventually supplanting Katherine of Aragon as Queen of England – on the promise that she will bear King Henry a son and royal heir.

But in this tense Tudor court of scheming courtiers, religious fervour and feuding families, everyone is fighting for the King’s favour in a deadly battle of destinies and dynasties. We all know how it ended – but it’s a story well-told in music as fans of Whitley and MacKenzie’s earlier historical musical anthology, Magellan Circumnavigation, will know.