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  • Theatre/2013/Henry VI/Three Plays/Content Big

By William Shakespeare

Touring the UK and playing at the Globe

Running time (per play): 2 hours 15 mins (approx) including interval


Directed by
Nick Bagnall

Designed by
Ti Green

Composed by
Alex Baranowski


Graham Butler
King Henry VI

Garry Cooper
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester

Mary Doherty
Queen Margaret

Roger Evans
Duke of Suffolk / Jack Cade

Mike Grady
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester

Simon Harrison
Charles the Dauphin / Richard

David Hartley
Young Clifford / Duke of Somerset

Nigel Hastings
Duke of Bedford / Duke of Burgundy / Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March / Dick the Butcher 

Joe Jameson
John Talbot / Edmund, Earl of Rutland

Patrick Myles
Reignier, Duke of Anjou / Edward, Earl of March (later King Edward IV)

Brendan O’Hea
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York / Lewis XI, King of France

Gareth Pierce
Duke of Alençon / George, Duke of Clarence

Beatriz Romilly
Joan of Arc / Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester / Lady Grey

Andrew Sheridan
Earl of Warwick / Lord Talbot

These productions have now closed

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.

Shakespeare almost certainly did not set out to write a trilogy. Each play can be enjoyed without knowledge of the others.

Henry VI: Harry the Sixth

Henry VI: The Houses of York & Lancaster

Henry VI: The True Tragedy of the Duke of York

Henry VI: Three plays, battlefield performances


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