Globe to Globe: Henry VIII (2012)
Performed in Castilian Spanish with English subtitles. In 1533, the Spanish were enraged by Catherine of Aragon's divorce from Henry VIII. Now four hundred years later, Rakata re-imagine this play from a Spanish perspective.
'Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
In 1533, the Spanish were enraged by Catherine of Aragon's divorce from Henry VIII. Eighty years later, Shakespeare engaged with the subject in his last play. Now four hundred years later, Rakata, Madrid's premier young classical company, re-imagine this play from a Spanish perspective, with the thrilling clarity they bring to their productions of Spanish Golden Age work.
King Henry VIII, convinced that his marriage to Katherine of Aragon is unlawful, seeks permission from Rome for a divorce. In spite of the machinations of the scheming Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry decides to marry Anne Boleyn. As the King grows closer to his other advisors, and Wolsey’s underhand deeds come to light, the Cardinal falls from favour, and a new chapter in Britain’s religious history begins.
Oscar de la Fuente
Catalina Of Aragon:
Juan Manuel Artero
Director for the Screen: