The Boleyns of Hever Castle

The Boleyns of Hever Castle

Owen Emmerson & Claire Ridgway

Sun 1 Aug 8pm Two Sisters Theatre


Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and for being the place where King Henry VIII courted Anne before making her his second Queen consort. There is, however, far more to the story of the Boleyns of Hever Castle. For 77 years, Hever acted as Boleyn headquarters and witnessed some of the most remarkable and shocking chapters of England’s history. Hever played a pivotal role in the remarkable rise of the ambitious and talented Boleyn family and became a central part of their identity.

Historians Dr Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway will spend an evening charting the colourful history of Hever’s most famous residents from their astonishing rise to power to their dramatic and bloody end.

Dr Owen Emmerson is a social and cultural historian and works as Hever Castle’s Supervisor. He gained his doctorate in history from the University of Sussex and his thesis on the history of corporal punishment will be published in late 2022. He is a founding member of Hever Castle’s online subscription service “Inside Hever Castle”. He is currently co-authoring a book on the history of Hever Castle with historian Claire Ridgway entitled “Hever: A Castle and its People” which will be published in 2022.

Historian Claire Ridgway is the founder of The Tudor Society and The Anne Boleyn Files. Claire’s publications include “The Fall of Anne Boleyn: a Countdown”, “This Day in Tudor History”, and she co-authored “George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat” which was the first biography of George Boleyn. She has published three volumes on Anne Boleyn’s life in her “The Anne Boleyn Collection” series and her most recent publication is “The Tudor Puzzle Book: Word Searches, Crosswords and Fiendish Questions”.

1 hour, no interval. Book signing post performance.

Reserved covered seating £15 (Hever Castle staff £10)

Reserved covered seating Friends and Castle Members £13.50

Discounted Theatre and Gardens ticket Adult £26.95 Child £22.20

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

Enter via the Lake View car park and choose your picnic spot either by the lake, in the Rose Garden or on the Theatre lawn. Social distancing measures are in place, you can choose where you picnic as long as you abide by them. When you move to the theatre you will see we have reduced the capacity so the chairs within each row can be grouped according to your bubble. This ensures that bubbles can social distance effectively.