Regina Monologues, The (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

‘Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.’ Thus runs the pneumonic rhyme school kids use to remember the fates of the six wives of Henry VIII. Luckless Catherine de Aragon et al are here reinvented for our age in this inspired play that’s deftly directed and faultlessly performed. The largely tragic stories of the six modern women who are humped and dumped by a wealthy scoundrel we never see are skilfully woven together with a clever conceit that has the cast acting independently of one another in a shared boudoir where they alternately relate their compelling tales. It’s an enormously enjoyable show that’s full of pathos and bittersweet humour. (Miles Fielder)

C Chambers St, 0870 701 5105, until 29 Aug, 7pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

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