'Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night'
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.
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.
Part of the Battlefield Performances. A touring production of site-specific performances staged at the historic battle sites of the War of the Roses. This performance was captured live at Barnet.
Running time: 152 mins
Henry VI Part 1 clip
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Directed for the screen:
King Henry VI:
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester:
Duke of Suffolk/Jack Cade:
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester:
Richard/Charles the Dauphin:
Young Clifford/Duke of Somerset:
Duke of Bedford/Duke of Burgundy/Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March/Dick the Butcher:
John Talbot/Edmund, Earl of Rutland:
Edward, Earl of March/King Edward IV:
What you have to say
Penni Townsend Penni Townsend
It was stunning a must see
Briony Rawle @brionyrawle
Fantastically dynamic and some great characterisation.
Bloody Peasant KT @KTunravels
The whiff of Tudor propaganda and racial spurs against the French are great. And Joan of Arc - two-faced witch with a big sword #HenryVI.
Anne Frater Anne Frater
I booked to see Harry the Sixth in the yard, and the performance was so gripping I carried on and saw all three plays on the same day. Brilliant!
Ward Tueni Ward Tueni
Sam Damer Sam Damer
Awesome play and Graham Butler played Henry VI true to form.