Henry Viii

Lucie Skeaping presents a selection of secular music from the so-called Henry VIII Manuscript.

Henry VIII was one of the most remarkable and formidable English monarchs, but the portrayal of Henry as a cantankerous despot has outshone the image of the youthful Henry who was devoted to sports and the arts.

In his 20s and 30s, Henry penned several secular compositions, a variety of partsongs and consorts, 34 of which were compiled in the manuscript.

It also included works by several other musicians who passed through Henry's court, such as William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax.

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A rare chance to hear William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's history play depicting the life of Henry VIII, broadcast to mark the 500th anniversary in 2009 of the king's accession to the throne.

It tells the story of the king's struggle to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled and the catastrophic fall of the all-powerful Cardinal Wolsey.

Henry VIII....Matthew Marsh

  • abergavenny, surrey....Stephen Critchlow
  • anne boleyn....Donnla Hughes
  • buckingham....Paul Rider
  • cardinal wolsey....Patrick Malahide
  • chamberlain, capuchius....Chris Pavlo
  • cromwell....Paul Rider
  • duke of norfolk....joseph mydell
  • duke of suffolk....Stuart Mcquarrie
  • lovell, griffith....Dan Starkey
  • old lady....Ann Beach
  • princess elizabeth....sonny crowe

    other parts played by Jill Cardo, robert lonsdale, Manjeet Mann, Inam Mirza, Malcolm Tierney.

    pipe and tabor played by bill tuck.

    adapted for radio and directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

    the murky world of tudor politics, religion and sex revealed in shakespeare's play

  • queen katherine....yolanda vazquez
  • sands, campeius....Jonathan Tafler
  • surveyor, gardiner....Gunnar Cauthery
  • thomas cranmer....Adam Godley

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    Lucie Skeaping presents a selection of secular music from the so-called Henry VIII Manuscript.

    Henry VIII was one of the most remarkable and formidable English monarchs, but the portrayal of Henry as a cantankerous despot has outshone the image of the youthful Henry who was devoted to sports and the arts.

    In his 20s and 30s, Henry penned several secular compositions, a variety of partsongs and consorts, 34 of which were compiled in the manuscript.

    It also included works by several other musicians who passed through Henry's court, such as William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax.