Becoming Anne

Becoming Anne

Dr Owen Emerson & Kate McCaffrey 

Wed 10 Aug 8pm 

Two Sisters’ Theatre 


To celebrate 500 years since Anne Boleyn made her glittering debut at the court of King Henry VIII in 1522, historians Kate McCaffrey and Owen Emmerson will spend an evening charting the history of Anne Boleyn’s formative years, asking what factors shaped her into the woman who captured the heart of a king, divided a kingdom, and gave birth to the most famous queen in English history. Anne Boleyn had been afforded an unusually sound education at the family home of Hever Castle in Kent, and her advantageous appointments at two cultured European courts had been realised by the many successes of her Boleyn family, not least those of her father Thomas. She emerged at Henry VIII’s court as a cultured and engaging woman, steeped in the very essence of the Renaissance spirit that Henry VIII was so intent on engendering at his own court.  

Kate and Owen will be signing copies of their exhibition book, ‘Becoming Anne’, which accompanies the 2022 exhibition they co-curated at Hever Castle.  

Kate McCaffrey is an historian of Medieval and Early Modern history. She works as one of the Assistant Curators at Hever Castle. Kate completed her first-class undergraduate degree in History at the University of Warwick, with a term spent abroad in Venice. She completed her Master’s degree earlier this year with Distinction in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, where she uncovered new and exciting discoveries about a small Book of Hours, once owned by Anne Boleyn, that is currently held at Hever Castle. Her research received widespread praise on ITV News and on the BBC, and featured in publications such as HistoryExtra, Tatler and the Smithsonian Magazine.  Kate is continuing her ground-breaking work with Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours in her new role at Hever Castle. 

Dr Owen Emmerson is a social and cultural historian who works as the Castle Historian and Assistant Curator at Hever Castle. He gained his doctorate in history from the University of Sussex in 2019, researching the history of corporal punishment. He is also a founding member of Hever Castle’s online subscription service “Inside Hever Castle”. He published his first book, “The Boleyns of Hever Castle”, with historian Claire Ridgway in 2021, which became an Amazon US bestseller. He has featured in several television documentaries, including “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family” (BBC2, 2021); “Lady Rochford” (C5, 2021); “Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him” (Smithsonian, 2020); “Walking Tudor England” (C5, 2021) and appeared as an expert on “Who Do You Think You Are?” with Josh Widdicombe (BBC1, 2021). 

1 hour + Q&A and signing 


Tickets

Reserved covered seating
£16 (Friends and Castle Members £14.40) 

Reserved Uncovered Seating
£15 (Friends and Castle Members £13.50) 

Grass Tickets
£15 (Friends and Castle Members £13.50) 

A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats.

Please note the view from these areas is restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.

Discounted Joint Theatre and Gardens ticket  
£28.30 Adult  
£23.40 Child  

Castle Staff
£10 – please call the box office to book 

Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your ticket purchase. 


Two Sister’s Theatre

Our main theatre with allocated, covered seating in the Centre, East and West Tiers. There is additional uncovered seating in the Centre Tier.
A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats. Please note the view from these areas may be restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.
Pre-Theatre suppers are available to book with your ticket purchase. The Guthrie Pavilion will be open before the talk for drinks and snacks.