Shakespeare’s Globe issues warning over ‘sensitive’ coronation scene

Theatregoers have been issued with a trigger warning by Shakespeare’s Globe over sensitive scenes in a play. Henry VIII tells the story of the Tudor king, his first wife Katharine of Aragon and the forbidden love between the monarch and Anne Boleyn. Written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, the Globe Theatre says its production offers a new perpective on the work.

But the theatre is also warning theatregoers of “sensitive” scenes as part of content guidance issued on its website.

It reads: “This production contains overt sexual content, an on-stage depiction of an execution and an on-stage depiction of childbirth. There are latex balloons, sudden loud noises, and use of stage blood and a gun.

“The production also contains scenes that audiences may find sensitive due to recent events, including a coronation, the death of a monarch, and the national anthem.”

Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden shared news of the warning in a tweet to with one Twitter user replying: “DO NOT COME TO THE THEATRE IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO EXPERIENCE EMOTION.”

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Fellow Twitter user IzzWiz simply replied: “Oh good grief.”

A third, making reference to one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays, said: “Hmm wait until they see Titus Andronicus.”

Shakespeare’s Globe has been approached for comment.

Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Globe in June 1997 alongside Prince Philip, who was the theatre’s royal patron for more than 40 years.


A statement on the Globe’s website issued on the day Britain’s longest reigning monarch died says: “A remarkable and devoted Queen, she will be greatly missed worldwide.

“We join His Majesty The King, the Royal Family, and the nation in their grief and offer our heartfelt condolences.”

The trigger warning comes after the theatre staged a non-binary version of a play based on the life of the French saint Joan of Arc.

I, Joan saw the main character present as neither male nor female in a move defended by the Globe’s bosses as presenting another point of view.

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A similar trigger warning has been issued by the theatre in relation to its production of I, Joan, which last month sparked a social media storm with claims the production “cancelled” women.

Journalist Allison Pearson tweeted at the time: “When I was a child, I had a book of inspiring women through history. Joan of Arc was one.

“That book and those amazing women meant a lot to a timid little girl. How dare @the_globe try to cancel history’s inspirational women.”

Women’s Rights Network’s Heather Binning told MailOnline: “This demonstrates just how our arts and creative industries have taken on the woke mantle without realising that ‘being kind’ to one group of people actually hurts and damages another important and fundamental group.

“Joan of Arc was female… To rewrite female history is an insult. Using they hem pronouns for an individual is grammatically incorrect and ugly, and confusing to many in society who struggle with language.”

Theatregoers at the opening night defended the production.

Theatre regular, Neil McDonald, 41, who identifies as non-binary, hailed the play for embracing trans issues.

They told “It’s good we have different retellings of these characters and help to bring awareness to others as well.”

“We don’t know for sure who Joan was, but many other historical characters have been played in different ways before. The story of Joan still exists, Joan is not being cancelled.”

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