In The Writer the bastards (the patriarchy) are also in charge of the arts: ruining creative women’s holy myths by mentioning squalid things like the need to sell tickets for the Sacred Space that is Theatre.
Thinking about this most well-received of plays, it is the role of Aunt Maggie Faraway who lingers most in my mind, the elegiac beauty of her speeches an elegant way of folding in traditions of Irish storytelling and emphasising the deep bonds of family.
Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai star in Helen Edmundson’s play Queen Anne. The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Natalie Abrahami, continues at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket until 30 September 2017. Here’s what critics have been saying about it.
The full cast has been announced today that will join, Romola Garai (as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough) and Emma Cunniffe as the eponymous monarch in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne in the West End.