Henry VIII (Shakespeare, Pelican) - Stephen Orgel, William Shakespeare Though questionably a collaboration, I hope it was. Henry VIII is somewhat lackluster in comparison to Shakespeare’s commonly thought of last play The Tempest. In a rather perfunctory manner, Queen Elizabeth and her successor, King James, are honored in this play centering on Henry’s quest for an heir. Funny how, in retrospect, Elizabeth’s birth can be viewed a s a triumph while at the time it was considered the first of a string of disappointments ultimately leading to Ann Boleyn’s beheading.

A perfect example of how history is written by the victors. Or for the victors.