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Henry VI: The Houses of York & Lancaster [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Nick Bagnall

The saintly Henry VI is undermined by his nobles, especially the ambitious Richard, Duke of York, and by the Kentish rebellion, led by the charismatic Jack Cade, popular champion and savage critic of England’s social inequality.

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 pared down but exciting production of Shakespeare’s three-part history cycle telling the tragic story of Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses stepped up a gear in the second part, with so much crammed into two hours that the audience was left breathless."

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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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