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.
This is a fantastic opportunity to see Shakespeare's Globe opening a new version of the first part of The Wars of the Roses here in York before they take the production to London. We will conclude The Wars of the Roses with a production of Richard III produced by York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse in our Autumn Season. Shakespeare almost certainly did not set out to write a trilogy, so each play can be enjoyed without knowledge of the others. On Saturdays all three Henry VI plays will be performed in one day at 12.30pm, 16:00 and 19:30