Henry VI: Rebellion played alongside Wars of the Roses in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2022.

Including performers from our Next Generation Act young company and Shakespeare Nation community participants alongside a professional cast, Henry VI: Rebellion hurtled through one of the most turbulent periods in English history.

This epic journey through The Wars of the Roses tells the vivid and enthralling story of the brutal struggle for the English crown.

As part of the RSC’s commitment to be a theatre company for everyone, Henry VI: Rebellion included a cast of 118 people, with professional actors, adults from community groups from six English towns and cities, and members of the RSC’s young acting company.


Oliver Alvin-Wilson – York
Lucy Benjamin - Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester
Richard Cant - Gloucester/Lord Saye
Daniel J Carver - Clifford/Horner), 
Angelina Chudi – Hume
Paola Dionisotti - Winchester/Humphrey
Felixe Forde – Bevis
Minnie Gale – Margaret
Ashley D Gayle – Smith
Conor Glean – Dick
Ben Hall – Suffolk
Jack Humphrey – Clerk
Nicholas Karimi – Warwick
Al Maxwell - Bolingbroke/ Holland
Georgia-Mae Myers - Margaret Jourdain
Peter Moreton – Salisbury
Sophia Papadopoulos - Suffolk’s Messenger
Mark Quartley - Henry VI
Aaron Sidwell - Jack Cade
Yasmin Taheri – Neighbour
John Tate - Captain/Stafford
Ibraheem Toure - Whitmore 
Emma Tracey – Spirit
Daniel Ward – Buckingham
Benjamin Westerby - Somerset


Owen Horsley - Director
Stephen Brimson Lewis - Designer
Hannah Clark - Costume Designer
Simon Spencer - Lighting
Paul Englishby - Music
Steven Atkinson - Sound
Movement - Emily Jane Boyle

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Learn about our rebels

The rebels in Henry VI: Rebellion were played by our Shakespeare Nation community participants from around the country. Read their blogs.

  • Kelly the Rebel from Bradford talks about her 'incredible journey' 
  • Corin the Rebel from Bradford describes his journey to the rebellion
  • Becky the Rebel from Nottingham prepares to act on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage
  • Martyn the Rebel from Blackpool shares his shock at being chosen for this experience
  • Aamer the Rebel from Norwich opens up about being a late bloomer as a performer
  • Wendy the Rebel from Blackpool takes us into the workshops and activities the group have enjoyed as part of their Shakespeare Nation journey
  • Sasha the Rebel from Canterbury examines how Shakespeare Nation has allowed her to rediscover theatre

Watch The Making of the Rebellion on YouTube.