Oranges will fly and heads will roll when Here to There Productions bring Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn to The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, from August 30 to September 2.

And a Hereford greengrocer has answered an appeal for support from no less than King Henry VIII. The much-married King appears with his second wife in Anne Boleyn, a version of the story of Henry's re-marrying, and of his new wife's part in an episode that made England Protestant, that shows the couple's courting juiced up by an orange-throwing game.

The cast's request to Huffer's Greengrocers in the town's Buttermarket met with a generous offer of sponsorship from owner Roger Huffer.

First performed at Shakespeare's Globe in London, this is a vigorous and rumbustious version of Henry VIII's famous split from the Catholic Church, allowing him to divorce his first wife Katherine and marry a woman whose personality and perseverance bewitched the Monarch. Surprisingly, as the play shows, the Protestant initiative was Anne's, not the King's!

The production's rich costumes are from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a four-piece band provide live accompaniment. Ludlow-based Here to There has established a reputation for lively and original modern productions, and makes its first-ever appearance at The Courtyard with Anne Boleyn.

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