The Wars of the Roses Part 1 on the background of a red rose

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Shakespeare’s Henry VI takes you headlong through one of the most turbulent periods of English history. The thrill of rebellion, the brutality of battle, the tension of intrigue and ambition without boundaries.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    10 Oct 2020 - 2 Jan 2021

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

Next performance:

10 October, 7:00PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

We return to our Chronicles of England’s kings in 2020 with Part 1 of this epic event, staging the three parts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI across two nights.

The glorious Henry V is dead. The new King is weak, manipulated by those on his own side and threatened with civil war by those in opposition. The court is divided as each nobleman takes a red or white rose to show whose side they are on: white for Richard of York, red for the Duke and house of Lancaster, and England is thrust into a battle for the crown between the two factions.

Filled with power, passion, politics and revenge, Shakespeare’s epic journey through the Wars of the Roses is the ultimate saga. Experience the thrill of rebellion, the brutality of battle, the tension of intrigue and ambition without boundaries as Henry VI takes you headlong through one of the most turbulent periods of English history.

Seating - Feel part of the battle

For The Wars of the Roses, we will transform the ground floor of the Swan Theatre with new grandstand seating and 100 standing arena spaces, immersing you in the action. Stand and move amongst the actors; hear every heartbeat, see every bead of sweat and feel part of every battle. Seating in Galleries 1 and 2 is unchanged, with step-free access available for seats in Row A of Gallery 1. See the full seating plans and our visualisation of the auditorium.

Creative team

Director Owen Horsley with Gregory Doran | Designer Stephen Brimson Lewis | Costume Designer Hannah Clark | Music Paul Englishby | Fights Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown