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Henry VI: Harry the Sixth [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Nick Bagnall

Following the death of Henry V, celebrated for having united England and subjugated France, divisions appear at the highest levels – first between those around the infant Henry VI, later between the two great factions in English politics: the houses of Lancaster and York. Only the young Lord Talbot, locked in combat with the bewitching and enigmatic Joan of Arc, seems capable of redeeming a divided and dishonoured kingdom.

The plays which make up Shakespeare’s Henry VI create a world without ideology; a savage time, when the heroes are not kings, but formidable women, such as Joan of Arc, or rebels, such as Jack Cade.

Bold characterisation, black comedy, rhetorical power and, in the personality of Henry VI, touching pathos combine in Shakespeare’s powerful rendering of a country racked by civil war.


  • Designer Ti Green
  • Composer Alex Baranowski


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West Sussex Today

"This first part of Henry VI is unmissable – and while Shakespeare didn’t set out to write a trilogy you would be foolish indeed if you didn’t take this opportunity to see all three plays together."

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The Guardian
Alfred Hickling

"The strong company hurtles through the text with unstoppable momentum."

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The Telegraph
Dominic Cavendish

"Watching Graham Butler’s sweetly timid king sit upon a modest metal bucket, struggling to fathom the viciousness of man as the setting sun turned crimson and the air chilled, it was as if the elements themselves were granting benediction to this unique project."

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