HENRY VIII DIARY OF A SERIAL KILLER
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
August, 1994

The Natural Theatre Company create surreal, genre-clashing parody. Their whistle-stop tour through the Tudor monarch's life and loves takes in a dating gameshow, "Be My Queen", and a country-gospel hoedown from Jane Seymour, intercut with scenes featuring a cartoon-like Prince Charles. They do what they do terribly well, but here one wonders why they're doing it at all. Sniping at royalty is like shooting fish in a barrel, and the show has an air of panto for grown-ups. An undemanding way to start the day.

Written for The Independent.

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