Kjartan Poskitt's Shows
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HENRY the Tudor Dude

... your body will ROCK and your head will ROLL...

ABRIDGED VERSION - specially adapted for primary schools!

The life of King Henry VIII - England's most outrageous monarch - is accurately related in this rock and roll musical which has been performed by amateurs, schools and semi-pro groups, throughout the U.K. and also in such far off places as New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Kenya.

Battles with France, the reformation of the church, umpteen executions and the tale of six wives are all brought to the stage by the Tudor Newsteam in this riotous extravaganza.

The new ABRIDGED VERSION is especially suitable for large younger groups such as primary schools (ages 8-12). This version includes all the songs but cuts the dialogue to a minimum to create a show that lasts around 50 minutes with around 25 named speaking parts. The show can be further shortened by cutting some of the songs or scenes if required.

Hear the music: The complete set of songs for HENRY THE TUDOR DUDE is available here.

See the script: Please email me saying who you are and the name of your school or theatre group:

Scenery: All that's required is a desk for the newsreaders and a throne for Henry. Of course you can add in as much extra stuff as you like!

A GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE...
We all had so much fun with "Henry The Tudor Dude" and from the cards, letters and comments I've received, the audience clearly did as well!
It'll take some following!
Michael Stanley, Allerton School, Northallerton.
The author is reluctantly dragged on stage...

Feltonfleet School at the Epsom Playhouse 1998

Cast

NEWSREADER 1 } for TUDOR NEWS
NEWSREADER 2 }
KING HENRY VIII
EMPSON } Henry VII's tax collectors
DUDLEY }
EXECUTIONER
THOMAS WOLSEY
WAR CORRESPONDENT for TUDOR NEWS
JOAN the court clairvoyant
PRINCESS MARY Catherine of Aragon's daughter
THOMAS CROMWELL
THOMAS CRAMNER
THOMAS MORE
WARDER 1
WARDER 2
MIDWIFE
JUDGE

and of course the six wives:

CATHERINE OF ARAGON
ANNE BOLEYN
JANE SEYMORE
ANNE OF CLEEVES
KATHRYN HOWARD
CATHERINE PARR

Plus lots of wanna-be queens, soldiers, girlfriends, crowds, jolly Germans, courtiers...

Many doubles are possible. (Minimum cast about 15).

Songs

  • The Coronation Song * - ALL
  • The Body Rock 1 * - Crowd, Empson and Dudley
  • I Wanna Be Queen - Court Girls
  • The Battle Of The Spurs - Henry and Soldiers
  • Wonderful Waste Of Time - Wolsey and Chorus
  • Six Finger Annie * - Courtiers and Anne Boleyn
  • Do Your Worst - Catherine of Aragon, Mary and ladies
  • The Three Toms * - Cromwell, More, Cramner and Courtiers
  • The Body Rock Instrumental
  • The Body Rock 2 * - Executioner, Wolsey, Warders
  • Rise Up (Reformation Rock) - Cromwell and ALL
  • Blue! - Henry and Courtiers
  • Big Bessie - Joan and Chorus
  • The Body Rock 3 * - Judge, Jury, Anne Boleyn
  • It's A Boy - ALL
  • Wunderbar Anne * - Cromwell and the Germans
  • We Know You Like A Laugh Mr Cromwell * - Judge, Henry, Cromwell and ALL
  • This Time It's For Real - Kathryn Howard, Henry and ALL
  • The Coronation Finale * - ALL except Henry who's dead.
  • The Body Rock Encore - ALL
* for a shorter show you could cut the songs back to this selection.

The music is available on a CD of backing tracks.
There are also full arrangements for

  • Piano/vocal score
  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • 2nd keyboard
You can hear all the songs in full at HENRY THE TUDOR DUDE SONGS

Kjartan Poskitt's published shows

HENRY
THE TUDOR DUDE
NELL'S BELLES
FAWKES
THE QUIET GUY
THE
RUMPELSTILTSKIN
RACKET
SAMMY'S MAGIC GARDEN
Henry at Bilton Grange School, Rugby - March 2005

Henry at Donhead School, March 2014

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Henry at Ashville College, Harrogate - July 2008

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