It has been announced that Joely Richardson, Robert Sheehan and Kåre Conradi will lead the cast of The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, the production opens on 3rd October (previews from 16th September) and runs until 31st October 2015. The play is adapted from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III by John Barton in collaboration with Peter Hall. The Rose stage will be transformed into a battleground.
The full creative team includes: Director: Trevor Nunn; Associate Director: Cordelia Monsey; Set Design Concept: John Napier; Set Design: Mark Friend; Costume Design: Mark Bouman; Lighting Design: Paul Pyant; Sound Design: Fergus O’Hare; Fight Director: Malcolm Ranson; Music: Guy Woolfenden and Corin Buckeridge; Casting Director:Ginny Schiller CDG
A spectacular theatrical event not seen since it was first produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963 by the founders of the company John Barton and Peter Hall – The Wars of the Roses is a trilogy of plays about one of the most tumultuous and intriguing periods of British history - the 15th Century conflict between the House of York and the House of Lancaster for the throne of England.
Through these plays Shakespeare examines the very essence of human conflict. A tale of feuding families, murderous kings and adulterous queens, of scheming and betrayal, revolts and battles, The Wars of the Roses chronicles the final struggle for power in medieval England.
With an acting company of over 20 professional actors, combined with a local community chorus to complete the ensemble, it will be the largest company to play the Rose’s stage since the theatre opened. The production also reunites Nunn with his long term collaborator designer John Napier who, with Mark Friend, will transform the Rose’s auditorium.
To complement the season, there will be an exhibition of the artist John Link's work relating to Shakespeare's characters and plays, and the Rose will appoint an Artist in Residence and a Writer in Residence to document the project. Educational workshops will be made available to local schools. In addition, a series of masterclasses and extra events will be announced shortly to run alongside the performances.