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Rose Theatre Kingston

Rose Theatre Kingston

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Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street
Kingston
KT1 1HL

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Richard III

Richard III

This autumn the Rose stage will be transformed into a battleground for The Wars of the Roses, a gripping distillation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays, directed by Trevor Nunn, one of the world’s leading Shakespearean directors. A spectacular theatrical event not seen since it was first produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963 by Peter Hall & John Barton, The War of the Roses trilogy of plays covers one of the most tumultuous and intriguing periods of British history - the 15th Century conflict between the House of York and the House of Lancaster for the throne of England. So often presented as a standalone drama, the third play in the cycle is the climax of Shakespeare’s great chronicle of the fifty-year conflict between York and Lancaster, between roses white and red

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Edward IV

Edward IV

The second play, adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry VI Parts II and III, intensifies the conflict between all those grasping for power. The Civil War ebbs and flows as the throne changes hands. A powerless Henry VI becomes a pacifist appalled by the fighting; his beautiful French wife becomes a warrior queen, leading her army into battle. The white rose triumphs, promoting the accession of young Edward IV, but the red rose fights back and Henry VI is king again. As the white rose counter-attacks, nobody quite notices the emergence of an ambitious crookback youngster… called Richard.

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Henry VI

Henry VI

In the first play, Henry V, the ‘star of England’, after triumphant conquests in France, is dead. His heir is an infant, whose throne must be protected by regents against the counterclaims of the most powerful baronial families in the country – the House of York, whose symbol is a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, represented by a red rose. Conflict is inevitable.

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