What’s a Tudor monarch to do when he has to face all six of his wives in the afterlife?

Award-winning playwright James Cougar Canfield’s new play, LADIES IN WAITING: THE JUDGEMENT OF HENRY VIII is a sexy, heartbreaking, humorous, and dark exploration of Henry VIII and his relationships with the women in his life… with a feminist twist.

Originally workshopped, performed, and produced by graduates of England’s East 15 Acting School’s MA Acting and MFA Acting International programs, LADIES IN WAITING finds King Henry VIII in a purgatory-like situation, where one by one he must face off with each of his wives. Through dark humour, devastating truths, sexy seductions, and powerful revelations, Henry comes face to face with what his legacy has become: one entirely defined by women.

During its successful London debut and its sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, LADIES IN WAITING received immense critical praise, with multiple four stars reviews, a Top 10 Ranking on Broadway Baby’s Theatre List, and an Eddie Award nomination from London’s Drayton Arms Theatre.

LADIES IN WAITING received a stateside debut in Summer 2017. It experienced a sold-out run during it’s time at Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as being selected as Combined Artform & Fringe Management’s Pick of the Fringe and winning the HFF17 International Fringe Award. Next, LADIES traveled to Capital Fringe in Washington D.C., where it had more sell-out success and rave reviews from the Washington Post, DCist, DC Theatre Scene, and more.

In 2018, LADIES IN WAITING made its regional theatre debut with Southwest Shakespeare Company, achieving even more sell-out success, rave reviews, and being nominated for nine BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards. The show was such a success, our little Tudor drama is returning for a second engagement with SSC in September 2019.
Sept 20-29, 2019 @ Taliesin West