The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Image shows from L to R: Stu McLoughlin, Howard Coggins. Copyright: BBC / Hulu.

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Play / music starring Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin.

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After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard (Bristol Old Vic) and Stu (Kneehigh) are at their wits end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything... But can they put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other? The Six Wives of Henry VIII was a sell-out touring hit in 2012. With live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history that you'll never forget.

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Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego.

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There's no escaping that.

Stu McLoughlin doesn't look like any of the wives, but he's going to give it a go.

After their previous self-funded historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits end.

Then they hit on an idea for a show that could change everything....

But can two of the South West's favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?

The Six Wives of Henry VIII was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic and with live original music, embroidery, Barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you'll never forget.
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​"Brilliant comic acting....honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy....As self-effacing comedy goes, this is premier league stuff....A hugely enjoyable evening of daft comedy" Venue​

​"Cleverly written, beautifully acted, and, dare I say it, educational. Howard and Stu are a double act to keep a beady eye on... both actors perform with bounds of enthusiasm, wit and technical skill; their versatility and range is outstanding." Bristol Evening Post

"Hysterically funny...left me with aching cheeks from laughing so much" StageWon​

​"The best 100 minute comedy show outside of the Edinburgh Fringe." Western Daily Press​

"The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a storming, surprising and sassy night out. The music is a cool as the wives are hot , and, amidst the sharp dialogue, witty characters, deft theatricality and bloody fascinating history, I was genuinely moved. Cracking storytelling and a top night out." Emma Rice, Kneehigh


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