I saw the first performance of Rose Rage Part 2 and I was very impressed by the staging and the lighting made it very atmospheric. I didn't realise beforehand that the actors were all male and they dressed relatively "modern" but this didn't detract from the enjoyment at all. The acting was good though not always easy to follow. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
01 Jul 02
As if there weren't enough George Crosses on display around town, Edward Hall's adaptation of Henry VI at the Haymarket Theatre is resplendent with them, and to push the comparison one stage further, it certainly is a game of two halves!
A very imaginative production this, using plenty of Francis Bacon imagery: butchery, incense, blood, and giblets galore, to put across the atmosphere of one of England's bloodiest eras.
Shown over two successive evenings, it gives one the chance to go home for a bit of historical coaching, before launching into the second half. The three part story has been stripped to its bare essentials and becomes an exciting and vivid account. The pace is frenetic, pushed along by some fine patriotic and religious hymns to link scenes and the all male cast, most it seems playing at least two characters, keep it moving right up to the witty "to be continued..." ending.
This is a gruelling story, and in it's original form I would expect it to be similar to watching England play France into extra time and on to penalties...but this production has given us all the excitment and exilaration of a Golden Goal......! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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