Living Spit / The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Living Spit

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

touring Autumn 2017. Small-mid scale

Two Actors. Too Many Characters. One Big Ego

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 (Bristol Old Vic) and Stu (Kneehigh) 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?

The Six Wives of Henry VIII was an undisputed hit at the Bristol Old Vic, and on it’s national tour and at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 5 years ago, and 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.

‘World-class actors at the top of their game’
The Financial Times Review for ‘One Man and his Cow’
‘The best 100 minute comedy show outside of the Edinburgh Fringe’
Western daily Press on ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’
‘A terrific production, gloriously silly and worth watching’
The Post on ‘Adolf & Winston'
★★★★ “A glorious celebration of silliness, fully appreciated by a packed home crowd.”
The Stage on Elizabeth I: Virgin on the Ridiculous
‘Cleverly written, beautifully acted, and, dare I say it, educational. Howard and Stu are a double act to keep a beady eye on...both actors perform with bounds of enthusiasm, wit and technical skill; their versatility and range is outstanding.’
Kneehigh’s Emma Rice on The Six Wives of Henry VIII
‘Brilliant comic acting....honest, unpretentious, beautifully scripted comedy. As self-effacing comedy goes, this is premier league stuff’