Historic intrigues ‘still ring true today’

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A tale of intrigue, love, belief and hatred will be told in the beautiful surroundings of Northampton’s Church Of The Holy Sepulchre next week, by members of the Masque Theatre group.

The company will be performing A Man For All Seasons, by Robert Bolt, which is said to be a powerful historical story focusing on the quarrel between Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More.

In this production, Henry VIII is desperate for an heir to the throne and realises his Queen will be unable to provide him with a son. He seeks to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn.

Thomas More (played by Martin Williams), struggles with the dilemma of whether to support his King, even though he disagrees with the idea of divorce because it is against his beliefs. Will More be true to himself and his beliefs or bow to the King’s requests?

In contrast we see Thomas Cromwell (played by Matthew Fell), secretary to the King, propose that the King starts his own church so that he can then divorce.

Commenting on the show, a spokesman said: “The play cleverly illustrates Thomas Cromwell’s naked ambition and hatred of More and his desire for power and success, something we still see ring true in the contemporary world for individuals in power.”

A Man For All Seasons will be performed from Tuesday, December 3 until Saturday, December 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 or £7 for concessions. To book tickets or for more information call 07586 288793 or see the company’s website, www.masquetheatre.co.uk