'Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile.'
The plays which make up Shakespeare’s Henry VI create a world without ideology; a savage time, when the heroes are not kings, but formidable women, such as Joan of Arc, or rebels, such as Jack Cade.
Bold characterisation, black comedy, rhetorical power and, in the personality of Henry VI, touching pathos combine in Shakespeare’s powerful rendering of a country racked by civil war.
A bloody power struggle opens up between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists, led first by Richard, then his sons Edward and ‘that lump of foul deformity’, Richard of Gloucester.
Part of the Battlefield Performances. A touring production of site-specific performances staged at the historic battle sites of the War of the Roses. This performance was captured live at Barnet.
Running time: 146 mins
Henry VI Part 3 clip
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Directed for the screen:
King Henry VI:
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester:
Queen Margaret :
Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester :
Richard/Charles the Dauphin :
Young Clifford/Duke of Somerset :
Duke of Bedford/Duke of Burgundy/Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March/Dick the Butcher :
John Talbot/Edmund, Earl of Rutland :
Edward, Earl of March/King Edward IV :
What you have to say
Katie Smith @katzsmitz
Katie Hamblin @KateHamblin
Jennifer Young @jmy1599
What a great first half of part 3 - one of the most moving series of scenes in the trilogy - huge applause :)
Tyler Coombes @tyler_coombes
Moving, exciting, surprising, engaging. #HenryVI pt 3 is pulling no punches. Great stuff!!
Tom Tyson @MaltonTom
Breathtaking performances from all esp Butler, Harrison and Cooper.