Henry VIII The Musical is a spell-binding production about England’s most famous King and the six wives for which history remembers him. At turns both dark and humorous, this fast-paced theatre spectacle keeps audiences entertained for performance after performance. The production covers a wide range of musical styles from funk to rock, and from choral to classical, and includes full-cast numbers as well as poignant solos and haunting duets.
The musical was written and produced by Paul Harris (music and lyrics) and Eddie Copeland (libretto), with Paul taking the role of Musical Director, and Eddie directing the production.
The production was first performed with a talented cast of 35 young actors and actresses and a seven-piece live band at a school in Essex in November 2011 and received rave reviews from audience members and critics alike. The show was subsequently selected by the Royal Shakespeare Company to appear at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, before going on to headline the RSC’s Open Stages National Showcase of Talent at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon in July 2012.
The production made its London debut at the Royal College of Music’s prestigious Britten Theatre in December 2012, and was promoted by the likes of Stephen Fry; Wicked Star, Kerry Ellis; and world-renowned Tudor historian, Alison Weir.