The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0406 Friday, 23 August 2013
Date: August 22, 2013 3:30:44 PM EDT
Subject: Broadcast of Three Henry VI Plays
Shakespeare’s Globe and The Space to broadcast fourth and final open-air battlefield performance of Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays live from Monken Hadley Common, near site of the Battle of Barnet, between midday and 10pm on 24 August 2013.
The Space, the digital arts service from Arts Council England, in partnership with the BBC, will present the live event from multiple different viewpoints. Aerial cameras will also capture the stage, audience and landscape from above. Filming will be undertaken by production company Sparkly Light, who were responsible for filming last year’s multilingual Globe-to-Globe Festival in its entirety, producing 37 films in 42 days for use on The Space. The event will be presented by stage and screen actor Jamie Parker, who played Prince Hal and then King Henry in the Globe’s productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V in 2010 and 2012.
To complement the live stream of the Henry VI trilogy, The Space will offer an innovative digital programme giving audiences access to all the information available to a playgoer at the Globe and more. A rich resource of text and images – including cast biographies, rehearsal photos, interviews with director Nick Bagnall, interactive maps and historical material – will create an immersive and informative audience experience.
After the live broadcast, edited films of each of the three plays will become available on-demand on The Space’s website. These versions will be accompanied by a further series of exciting online features, including embedded hyperlinks allowing viewers to access biographies of characters as they enter the action, historical contexts for important speeches and the complete text of each play in synchronization with the action.
Four major battles of the Wars of the Roses are featured in the Henry VI plays: Towton, Tewkesbury, St Albans and Barnet. During the Battle of Towton alone 28,000 men died – the biggest loss of life on English soil in a single day in recorded history. The Battle of Barnet was one of the most decisive conflicts of the Wars of the Roses, and Edward IV’s brutal defeat of his erstwhile friend and ally the Earl of Warwick marked the beginning of fourteen years of Yorkist rule over England.
The Henry VI plays begin with the death of Henry V and together chart the entirety of his son’s turbulent reign. They encompass the stories of Joan of Arc, who is burnt at the stake at the end of Harry the Sixth, and Jack Cade, whose short-lived peasant rebellion is depicted in The Houses of York & Lancaster. The Henry VI plays were Shakespeare’s first blockbuster history sequence and established his reputation as one of the most popular playwrights of the Elizabethan age.
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The live broadcast will be between midday and 10pm, presented by Jamie Parker (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V), captured from multiple viewpoints.
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Watch the live stream
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.
Harry the Sixth
Following the death of Henry V, celebrated for having united England and subjugated France, divisions appear at the highest levels – first between those around the infant Henry VI, later between the two great factions in English politics: the houses of Lancaster and York. Only the young Lord Talbot, locked in combat with the bewitching and enigmatic Joan of Arc, seems capable of redeeming a divided and dishonoured kingdom.
The Houses of York & Lancaster
The saintly Henry VI is undermined by his nobles, especially the ambitious Richard, Duke of York, and by the Kentish rebellion, led by the charismatic Jack Cade, popular champion and savage critic of England’s social inequality.
The True Tragedy of the Duke of York
A bloody power struggle opens up between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists, led first by Richard, then his sons Edward and ‘that lump of foul deformity’, Richard of Gloucester.
On Saturday August 24th, The Space will be live streaming Shakespeare’s Globe open-air battlefield performance of the Henry VI trilogy.
The Henry VI plays were Shakespeare’s first blockbuster history sequence and established his reputation as one of the most popular playwrights of the Elizabethan age. Starting with the death of his father Henry V, the trilogy charts the entirety of Henry VI’s turbulent reign, encompassing the stories of Joan of Arc and the peasant rebellion of Jack Cade.
Shakespeare’s Globe is staging Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 in the open air at the Wars of the Roses battlefield sites featured in the plays, which saw some of the bloodiest battles in the country’s history. On Saturday 24th August, the three plays will be performed at Monken Hadley Common, site of the Battle of Barnet, a defining conflict which saw Edward IV’s brutal defeat of his erstwhile friend and ally the Earl of Warwick, which marked the beginning of fourteen years of Yorkist rule over England.
You will be able to choose to watch a live mix from five cameras capturing all the action or decide to watch ThroneCam, an actor’s view live feed from a camera mounted on the imposing throne that occupies centre stage throughout the three performances.
Actor Jamie Parker, who is no stranger to the Globe’s stage having previously played Henry V, will be your guide for the day interviewing those who’ve helped stage this theatrical event.
The live stream begins at 1200 BST and runs until 2200 BST. The three plays will begin at the following times:
Part One – Harry the Sixth: 1230 BST
Part Two – The Houses of York and Lancaster: 1600 BST
Part Three – The True Tragedy of the Duke of York: 1930 BST
Each runs for approximately two hours 15 minutes including intervals.
To complement this live stream, we’re offering you an innovative digital programme consisting of a rich resource of text and images including historical context, rehearsal photos and behind the scenes information.