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The Six Wives of Henry VIII - King's Head Theatre

Stu McLoughlin and Howard Coggins as Henry

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CRAIG Edwards directs Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin in the acclaimed comedy of many errors and frequent mistakes, The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

Described as a lively and absurd journey through the hysterical history of one of England’s most famous Kings and his poor, unfortunate wives, it runs at the King’s Head Theatre from Tuesday, February 11 to Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Howard Coggins looks like Henry VIII. There’s no escaping that. Stu Mcloughlin doesn’t really look like any of the wives, but he’s going to give it a go.

After their previous self-funded two-man historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard and Stu are at their wits’ end. Then they hit upon an idea for a show that could change everything …

But can two of the South West’s favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other?

Living Spit’s original hit show comes to London for the first-time following sell-out runs at Bristol Old Vic, a UK tour and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With live original music, embroidery, barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in cross-dressing Tudor history that you’ll never forget.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII has design and lighting by Fiona Trim.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: Available by calling 0207 226 8561 or visiting

Times: Tuesday to Sunday at 7pm, with 3pm matinees on Sunday, February 16 and 23 and March 1.

Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Robert Chesley’s play Jerker (October 30 to November 23) and the London transfer of A Prayer for Wings, the award-winning play by internationally acclaimed Welsh-born director Sean Mathias (October 30 to November 23, 2019).