The making of a rebellion

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  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    Until 28 May 2022 Book Tickets
  • Running time:

    approx 3 hours, including one 20 min interval and a shorter interlude

Next performance:

25 May, 7:15PM

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Get a look behind the scenes of Henry VI: Rebellion with photos, videos, blogs and more.

Discover the journey of our non-professional cast members

Alongside the cast of professional actors, members of our Shakespeare Nation groups and Next Generation Act are performing on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage as part of Henry VI: Rebellion.

Shakespeare Nation is our national programme aimed at adult communities who might not think theatre and Shakespeare are for them, while Next Generation is our talent development programme for young people who want to pursue a career in theatre, either on or off stage.

Above, watch the video to find out about the amazing journey the actors have been on, and how the project has helped define the production.

Get a glimpse into the rehearsal room

Take a look at the creative process in action with our gallery from the rehearsal room.


Henry VI: Rebellion and Wars of the Roses director Owen Horsley was recently part of the panel on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking programme. Topics covered include Shakespeare, history, pathology and dissonant sound, and you can catch up with the discussion on BBC Sounds.

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Learn about our rebels

The rebels in Henry VI: Rebellion are 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