Henry VI: The True Tragedy of the Duke of York 
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Nick Bagnall
A bloody power struggle opens up between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists, led first by Richard, then his sons Edward and ‘that lump of foul deformity’, Richard of Gloucester.
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.
An open-air performance of this production at the site of the Battle of Barnet is available to watch on The Space.
CREATIVES AND PRODUCTION
- Designer Ti Green
- Composer Alex Baranowski
IN THE PRESS
- West Sussex Today
"A breakneck and explosive finale to the Globe Theatre’s sensational touring production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy ensured audiences who had wisely chosen to attend all three parts were left enraptured and not a little emotionally drained."
"The strong company hurtles through the text with unstoppable momentum."
"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."