Henry VIII

See the story of Henry VIII from a female perspective as Shakespeare’s exploration of love, lineage and power, co-written with John Fletcher, unfolds in the Globe Theatre this Summer.

You know the story: a King who turns his country upside down to try and secure a male heir. But it’s never been told this way before…

A Queen fights for justice. A Lady provokes reformation. But in the absence of a son, can a Princess change the future?

Amy Hodge (Women Beware Women, Globe) directs this production which sees the Globe’s 2022 Resident Writer Hannah Khalil (A Museum in Baghdad) become Shakespeare and Fletcher’s third collaborator.

'Who knows yet
But from this Lady may proceed a gem
To lighten all this isle'
(Act II, scene 3)

Times

Thursday 19th May - Friday 21st October 2022

Booking Information

All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. They ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.

Good To Know

All performances will be played at full capacity. The yard will be standing tickets. They ask audience to wear mask and ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative lateral flow test.

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For more information regarding accessibility, please click here.

Suitable For Children

Content guidance: This production contains overt sexual content, an on-stage depiction of an execution, and an on-stage depiction of childbirth. There are also latex balloons, sudden loud noises, and use of stage blood and a gun. 

Cancellation Policy

1. If you test positive for COVID-19, display symptoms, or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace you can exchange your tickets.
2. If the show is cancelled due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you will be offered a free exchange or refund.
3. If the show is going ahead and you are able to attend, there will be no exchange or refund available.

Where Do I Go

Shakespeare’s Globe
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

Reviews

3.8(43 reviews)
  • Mrs Marion Bollans

    September 29, 2022

    The first time EVER that I have left The Globe, or any other Shakespeare performance, at the interval and not returned. Of course I do not always expect a "traditional" version of any play, but this performance was initially very difficult to understand. The dialogue was mumbled and confusing. However, the very worst part was the introduction of an enormous inflated penis and simulated masturbation resulting in an explosion of confetti - what on earth was that about. Absolutely disgusting.

  • Chloe smith

    September 21, 2022

    Awful the Globe seem to be messing about with their performances and it's detracting from Shakespeare's work..the giant phallic inflatable wasn't necessary and I am finding that with all this over load of fishnets ( and no I am not a prude far from it ) that the exquisite words of Shakespeare's are going in noticed...I have seen numerous plays this summer and left half way through...I certainly will not be going back soon until they get back to where they used to be

  • Jacqueline

    September 17, 2022

    I thought it was dreadful and left in the interval.