This month’s featured new production from the Touchstone listing of performances of Shakespeare and Renaissance plays is:
The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, this is the three-part adaptation of Henry VI and Richard III by John Barton which was first performed by the RSC in 1963. Other RSC alumni involved in the production are Guy Woolfenden (music) and Malcolm Ransom (fight director).
The theatre has just announced that Queen Margaret will be played by Joely Richardson.
The shell of the Rose Theatre was built in 2003 as part of an agreement with a developer building commercial and residential properties nearby. Sir Peter Hall was the first artistic director and plays were performed in the shell before the theatre was completed and fitted out in 2008.
The production is on from 16 September – 31 October. For more information visit http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/the-wars-of-the-roses
A BBC recording of the original production was filmed in 1965 and is now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kriqGGnJ5A
Keep up to date with UK Shakespeare and Renaissance productions at http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk