The Wars of the Roses Part 2 on the background of a white rose

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Shakespeare’s Henry VI takes you headlong through one of the most turbulent periods of English history. The country descends into barbarism as all around the crown seek to seize it for personal gain.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    17 Oct 2020 - 2 Jan 2021

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

Next performance:

17 October, 7:00PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

We return to our Chronicles of England’s kings in 2020 with Part 2 of this epic event, staging the three parts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI across two nights.

The Wars of the Roses: Part 2 opens as the armies of Lancaster and York face each on the battlefield – the red rose against the white rose. Opposing factions fight for power and England descends from decency into barbarism as all around the crown seek to seize it for their personal gain.

Filled with 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