Derby Shakespeare stage Regina Monologues

Six women with one thing in common – Henry – the man they all had the misfortune to have married. 

The Regina Monologues is a modern retelling of the story of the king by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer and is being performed by the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company from June 21-23.

The play, which has been described as ‘extremely funny and tear-to-the-eye poignant’, gives us a real insight into what each wife might really have thought of their situation.

It puts it in a modern context and is constructed so that it’s not just a series of six monologues spoken one after the other.

Each wife takes a turn to reveal another bit of their story until all the tales reach their climax at once

Director Niamh Mourton, who was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Eagle Awards, said: “Rehearsals are going really well, with scenes really taking shape and lots of story progression. 

“The actors are really embracing the complexities of each of their characters – all very different personalities with very individual back stories.

“They’re taking on the challenges that come with a monologue-centred production like this. The actors are on stage all of the time and in character all of the time on and off script.

“The mood changes swiftly: It’s a very powerful and passionate play full of the highs and lows of life,” added Niamh. 

The play will be performed at Shakespeare House, 93 Kedleston Road, Derby at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. For tickets call 07870539522. 

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