The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 20, 1948

Anne of the Thousand Days (by Maxwell Anderson; produced by the Playwrights' Company & Leland Hay ward) is yet another shot at history for Maxwell Anderson, and very likely another hit. From the turbulent story of Henry VIII's Anne Boleyn, Playwright Anderson has made a plump and gaudy stage piece, a thing of fierce desires, clashing wills, momentous acts. For love or lust of Anne, Henry divorced Catherine of Aragon, broke with Rome, opened an age of bloodshed; while the insolent and ambitious Anne would be Henry's queen or nothing at the start, still his queen or nothing at the end—preferring,...

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