Shakespeare & Co. Presents Henry VI.six [Berkshire On Stage]
Shakespeare & Company will present a day-long marathon of work derived from and inspired by the vast, rich tapestry of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. Through staged readings and movement pieces the company will explore the wars, struggle and influence of Henry VI, including a love triangle, a popular uprising, plotting and deceit. The one-day Henry VI.six event takes place on Tuesday (August 23) on stages and in studios of Shakespeare & Company’s campus in Lenox and includes some free sessions in addition to the six-part reading series.
Shakespeare’s razor-sharp account of England’s War of the Roses, which also inspired the hit cable series “Game of Thrones,” drives toward the thrilling conclusion of one of his greatest cycles. Company members including Kristin Wold, Peter Andersen, Jonathan Croy, Gwendolyn Schwinkle and others use performance, movement and discussion to delve into a thorough exploration Shakespeare’s Henry VI, parts 1, 2 and 3. With pieces that examine themes of gender, violence, religion, power and politics, performers connect Shakespeare’s plays with our own modern political drama.
“Shakespeare’s Henry VI is some of the best Shakespeare text you’ve never heard — except ‘first thing we do let’s kill all the lawyers,’ people quote that line a lot,” says Henry VI.six curator Jenna Ware. “These three plays are politics at their worst. With a weak leader, people are driven by an incessant need for power, control and revenge, and in all that struggle there are individual people trying to do what’s right, trying to do their best. It’s easy to see how this time period spawned the character of Richard III – in these plays we get to see the ‘winter of our discontent’.”