The Virgin Trial

The Virgin Trial

"Tudor Queens Trilogy" series #2

by Kate Hennig
  • from-ontario
  • theatrical
  • thriller
  • women-s
In this gripping follow-up to The Last Wife, Kate Hennig continues her Tudor Queens Trilogy by cleverly exploring victim shaming, sexual consent, and the extraordinary ability of girls becoming women as she reimagines the scandalous and little-known story of Elizabeth the First before she was Queen. Fifteen-year-old Bess has no idea when she heads to London to see her uncle Ted that she is about to find herself at the heart of a scandal involving sexual impropriety; her stepfather, Thom; and an attempted overthrow of the government. What does all this have to do with her? How adroitly can Bess manoeuvre through a series of interviews to avoid being swept up in the peril that might ensue? And will she be able to spin the facts to create a myth based on her own innocence?


Kate Hennig, author

Kate Hennig is a multi-award-winning theatre artist: a playwright, performer, teacher, and associate artistic director of the Shaw Festival. Kate’s first published play, The Last Wife, which premiered at the Stratford Festival in 2015, was met with rave reviews and has had six subsequent productions with another four productions scheduled. The Virgin Trial, the second play in the Tudor queens series, played to sellout audiences, critical acclaim, and an extended run. Kate is currently writing Mother’s Daughter, which will round out the trilogy. Kate adapted Oscar Wilde’s stories for children as Wilde Tales for the 2017 Shaw Festival season. Born in England and raised in Alberta, she lives and writes in Stratford, Ontario.


  • What lies just beneath the surface of the continually gripping storyline of political intrigue, torture, and the loss of one’s freedom is Hennig’s beautifully realized exploration of victim shaming, sexual consent and the ability of young girls becoming women to rise above and ultimately master their dilemma. - Geoff Dale, Stratford Beacon Herald Link to review


  • Winner of the 2017 Carol Bolt Award

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Playwrights Canada Press



rights available: Translation Rights. Publication Rights, World withholding North America.

Additional Information

number of pages: 136

publication date: 06/26/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book