You don't have to attend renaissance fairs to appreciate a good, old-fashioned Elizabethan drama, and you don't have to be a history buff to appreciate the seedy awesomeness of Shakespeare's The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight. It's a dramatic masterpiece that tells the story of King Henry VIII, his minister Cardinal Wolsley and Queen Katherine, the first of Henry's six wives. Katherine gets the boot and Anne Boleyn, Henry's midlife-crisis fling, takes her place.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, Fathom Events will stream a 2010 performance of Henry VIII at the Globe Theatre in London at movie theaters nationwide. The screening will include behind-the-scenes features like cast interviews and a segment about the Globe Theatre, which was reconstructed in 1997. A production of Henry VIII originally destroyed the theatre in 1613, when a special effects cannon misfired. Something that explosive has to be good.
But the special effects aren't the most captivating part of the play. The characters take that honor, with their incredible costumes and enough political wheeling and dealing to make your head spin. It's perfect for theater-goers or a casual fan looking for an intro to Shakespeare.[ Video is no longer available. ]