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Henry VI

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 / Old Clifford / Father Who Killed His Son

Mary Doherty
Queen Margaret

Roger Evans
Duke of Suffolk / Jack Cade / Montague

Mike Grady
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester / Alexander Iden / Lord Hastings

Simon Harrison
Charles the Dauphin / Richard (Later Duke of Gloucester)

David Hartley
Young Clifford / Duke of Somerset

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

Joe Jameson
John Talbot / Edmund, Earl of Rutland / Son Who Killed His Father / Bastard of Orleans / Duke of Buckingham / Prince Edward

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 / Duke / Earl of Somerset

Gareth Pierce
Duke of Alençon / George, Duke of Clarence / Smith the Weaver

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

Andrew Sheridan
Earl of Warwick / Lord Talbot

  • Theatre/2013/Henry VI/Battlefield Performances/Towton/GC

These productions are now closed 

One-off Battlefield Performances

This summer, Shakespeare's Globe staged the three plays of Henry VI at four historic battle sites of the War of the Roses. Harry the Sixth, The Houses of York & Lancaster and The True Tragedy of the Duke of York were each performed in Towton, Tewkesbury, St Albans Cathedral Grounds and Monken Hadley Common in Barnet.

"The strong company hurtles though the text with unstoppable momentum."
The Guardian

"Entertaining, informative and inspiring on such a grand scale."
★ The Daily Telegraph on Towton's Battlefield performances.

 “I don't know of any better way of acknowledging and honouring our history than playing these beautiful plays on battlefield sites” 
Nick Bagnall, Director

Live stream broadcast and on demand films

The fourth and final open-air battlefield performance on Monken Hadley Common, near Barnet, on Saturday 24 August was filmed and broadcast live via The Space, the digital arts service from Arts Council England, in partnership with the BBC.

The live broadcast was aired between midday and 10pm, presented by Jamie Parker (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V), captured from multiple viewpoints.

On demand films of the three plays will become available on The Space in August and September.


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.


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