Join us for two action-packed evenings at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for these two iconic works of Shakespeare and two nights in the beautiful parkland setting of Coombe Abbey.
“I will stir up in England some black storm
Shall blow ten thousand souls to heaven or hell”
With fighting and division in the corridors of power at an all-time high, ordinary men and women start to speak out. But as the people rise in protest, who is behind their rebellion?
Including performers from the Next Generation Act young company and Shakespeare Nation community participants alongside a professional cast, Henry VI: Rebellion hurtles through one of the most turbulent periods in English history. Originally titled The First Part of the Contention betwixt the two famous houses of York and Lancaster and labelled Henry VI: Part 2 when first published, the RSC Henry VI: Rebellion asks if the people can ever really decide their own future
"In cruelty will I seek out my fame"
The tussle for the English crown escalates to the battlefield and the families of Lancaster and York drench their brutal conflict in sweat and blood. As power is shunted back and forth, there is deceit, betrayal and murder at every turn. The scene is set for the final chapter as we get our first glimpse of the ambitious and manipulative Duke of Gloucester – soon to become Richard III.
With more battles than any other Shakespeare play, Wars of the Roses is a thrilling climax to Shakespeare’s saga of nationhood and power: who will emerge victorious?
We are delighted to return to the beautiful setting of Coombe Abbey for two nights and to visit the glorious gardens and Arts & Crafts home of John and Margaret Nettlefold at Winterbourne House.