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HENRY VI
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Alistair Nunn
The Theatre at the Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford
11 – 15 December. Evening at 7.30pm. Saturday matinée 2.30pm

TICKETS £12, CONCESSIONS £10 (buy 7 tickets and get 1 free):
in advance from Tickets Oxford: www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305305 in person at the Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street at the venue from 30 minutes before each performance
If you have access requirements, please book by phone or in person.

IN A TIME OF VIOLENCE, A DIVIDED NATION SLIDES TOWARDS CIVIL WAR, AND A GOOD MAN IS TORN DOWN BY FATE. The glories of Henry V's conquests in France have faded. Defeat, bitterness and in-fighting now poison England, where his well-meaning but fatally weak son sits upon the throne. Ruthless men begin to turn covetous eyes towards the crown. And all the while, Henry's ambitious queen waits scheming in the wings.

As the most powerful men and women in the realm turn to violence to defend their interests and their families' futures, who will be left standing once the blood begins to flow?

This bold new production from Oxford Theatre Guild condenses Shakespeare's original three plays into a single, powerful narrative. With an entirely gender-reversed cast, it presents a unique look at masculinity, power, loyalty and fatal, overwhelming ambition.

The gender reversal sheds a fascinating light on these very masculine characters and the swaggering male egos that drive this dynastic clash. Many of the actors also double in parts that contrast sharply with each other, serving as subtle commentaries on different personalities.

Cast
King Henry VI - Lindsey-Anne Bridges
Queen Margaret - Craig Finlay
Prince Edward - Nell Adams
Gloucester/Westmoreland - Alison Sweatman
Bedford/Suffolk/Norfolk - Quinn Bailey
Cardinal Beaufort - Claudette Sherlock
Duke of York - Helen Taylor
Edward IV/Sir John Talbot - Zoe Wilgar
Richard of Gloucester/Young John Talbot - Chloe Orrock
Earl of Warwick - Sara-Jayne Slack
Somerset/Young Somerset - Kate Astley
Charles of France/Young Clifford - Carla Hovell
Lord Clifford/Reignier - Laura Davies
Joan of Arc/Queen Elizabeth - Robbie Nestor
Duchess of Gloucester/Company - Dan Halsall
Joan Hume/Company - Joe O'Connor

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