Discover more about Henry VI Part One with these three expert talks about the life of the real King Henry VI, the Wars of the Roses and Shakespeare's History plays.

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Open rehearsal project talks

These pre-recorded talks are available until Friday 25 June 2021.

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Stuart Hampton-Reeves with Gregory Doran

Stuart is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Head of School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Culture at University of Warwick, and is the author with Carol Chillington Rutter of the book, The Henry VI Plays. Shakespeare in Performance.

Stuart talks to Gregory Doran about the history of the stage performance of the Henry VI plays as part The Wars of the Roses tetralogy, from the original recorded performances in 1592 to more contemporary versions of The Wars of Roses, such as the defining 1963 adaptation by John Barton, directed by Peter Hall. 

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Lauren Johnson with Owen Horsley

Lauren is a historian, writer and heritage interpreter. She is an expert in the 15th and early 16th centuries, and is the author of the biography, Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI.  

Lauren talks to Owen Horsley about the life of Henry VI, his legacy in relation to the Wars of the Roses and how the events and characters in Henry VI’s life were then portrayed in Shakespeare’s plays.

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Stephen Greenblatt with gregory Doran

Stephen is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and is the author of 14 books, including Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics. 

He talks to Gregory Doran about his book Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics and the relationship that The Wars of the Roses plays still have to our contemporary world.

Stephen will be answering questions from the acting company in the Green Room Chat on Tuesday 1 June. You can watch this event ahead of the Q&A chat session, or you can return to watch this talk afterwards. 

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