The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0361  Thursday, 25 July 2013


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Date:         Thursday, July 25, 2013

Subject:     Shakespeare’s Globe News



Henry VI Plays on Battlefields


Harry the Sixth, The Houses of York & Lancaster and The True Tragedy of the Duke of York will be staged at four historic battle sites of the Wars of the Roses this summer. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unique theatrical event outdoors.


“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 



One-off Battlefield Performances


Why not make a day of it and bring a picnic, peruse the food stalls and enjoy the local pubs and walks between shows. There will be breaks between the three shows.



Sunday 4 August, performances begin 12.30pm.
Location: open land behind the council offices, GL20 5TT


St Albans Cathedral grounds

Sunday 11 August, performances begin 12.45pm.
Location:  West End of St Albans Cathedral, AL1 1BY



Saturday 24 August, Performances begin 12.30pm.
Location: Monken Hadley Common  


The Plays


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.





Henry V

By William Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace tells the romantic story of Henry’s campaign to recapture the English possessions in France. But the ambitions of this charismatic king are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war.


Henry V, which opened the new Globe with the words ‘O for a muse of fire’, celebrates the power of language to summon into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields within the ‘wooden O’ - and beyond.


Much loved for his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (2010), Jamie Parker returns to Hal’s journey as Henry V. Other credits included The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on film.


UK, IE In cinemas now

AU In cinemas now

SE, CZ, HK, RU, USA from September



Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare


Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night is a moving comedy of loss and misplaced love and includes some of the most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.


The all-male Original Practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in the Globe around 1601, stars award-winning Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Twelfth Night’s sell-out performances led to a hit run in London’s West End.


UK, IE In cinemas now

AU In cinemas now

NZ In cinemas now

SE, CZ, HK, RU from October



The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew introduces one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts, a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s equivocal and controversial conclusion.


UK, IE from 29 July

AU from 20 July

NZ In cinemas now

SE, CZ, HK, RU, USA from November


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