They appear to be the picture of the bucolic ideal, spaces of calm and contemplation, but in the 15th century these fields witnessed some of the most bloody and deadly battles Britain has ever seen.

Each of these locations: Towton, Tewkesbury, St Albans and Barnet feature at some point in Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays.

We shall be presenting a series of site-specific performances of all three Henry VI plays on the battlefields themselves. This is a unique opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s work and to add a deeper significance to his words. Each battlefield and the surrounding areas have their own character. Why not make a whole day of it and pack a picnic; or explore local pubs and walks in between shows.

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Why perform the plays on the battlefields?

“Taking these three plays about a period of time that shaped our history is vital. At Towton 28,000 men died to protect our country. Most of these men weren’t the Lords and Nobles of these plays but the Common man. I don’t know of any other way of reminding us and also making us acknowledge and honour their lives than playing these beautiful plays, when Shakespeare is at the start and top of his game; than going to the battlefields. These plays are an absolute reminder to us all of the atrocities and horror that these men go through- from The Trojan War to Afghanistan. They are also thrilling; slippery and action packed.”
-Director, Nick Bagnall 

 

Towton

Towton

 

Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury

Performance locations and dates

Towton battlefields site – Sunday 14 July
Performances begin 12.30pm. There will be breaks between the three shows.
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Tewkesbury (exact location to be confirmed) – Sunday 4 August
Performances begin 12.30pm. There will be breaks between the three shows.
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St Albans Cathedral Grounds – Sunday 11 August
Performances begin 12.45pm. There will be breaks between the three shows.
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Barnet Monken Hadley Common – Saturday 24 August
Performances begin 12.30pm. There will be breaks between the three shows.
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St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral

Barnet

Barnet

 

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