By William Shakespeare
Touring the UK and playing at the Globe
Running time (per play): 2 hours 15 mins (approx) including interval
King Henry VI
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester / Old Clifford / Father Who Killed His Son
Duke of Suffolk / Jack Cade / Montague
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester / Alexander Iden / Lord Hastings
Charles the Dauphin / Richard (Later Duke of Gloucester)
Young Clifford / Duke of Somerset
Duke of Exeter / Duke of Burgundy / Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March / Dick the Butcher
John Talbot / Edmund, Earl of Rutland / Son Who Killed His Father / Bastard of Orleans / Duke of Buckingham / Prince Edward
Reignier, Duke of Anjou / Edward, Earl of March (later King Edward IV)
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York / Lewis XI, King of France / Duke / Earl of Somerset
Duke of Alençon / George, Duke of Clarence / Smith the Weaver
Joan of Arc / Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester / Lady Grey
Earl of Warwick / Lord Talbot
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.