This autumn the Rose Theatre Kingston stage will be transformed into a battleground for The Wars of the Roses, a gripping adaptation of four of Shakespeare's history plays, directed by Trevor Nunn.
The productions will play in rep from 16th September until 31st October, with press performances for all three plays on 3rd October.
The full cast includes: Oscar Batterham (John Talbot/Son who killed his father), Freddy Carter (company), Kåre Conradi (Dauphin/Edward IV), Oliver Cotton (Winchester/Clifford/Hastings), Jim Creighton (Burgandy/Simpcox/Stafford/Father who killed his son/Ely), Imogen Daines (Joan of Arc/Lady Bona/Lady Anne), Harry Egan (company), Alexandra Gilbreath (Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester/Elizabeth), Alexander Hanson (Richard, Duke of York/Buckingham), Rufus Hound (Bedford/Bolingbroke/Jack Cade/Rivers), James de Lauch Hay (company), Geoff Leesley (Exeter/Mortimer/Lord Mayor/Lt of the Tower), Owen Oakeshott (Somerset/Ratcliff), Joely Richardson (Margaret), Robert Sheehan (Alencon/Richard III), James Simmons (Talbot/John Hume/Norfolk/First Murderer), Laurence Spellman (Bastard of Orleans/Young Clifford/Richmond/Second Murderer), Susan Tracy (Margery Jourdain/Duchess of York), Alex Waldmann (Henry VI/Tyrrel), Timothy Walker (Warwick/Catesby), Andrew Woodall (Gloucester/Iden/Derby) and Michael Xavier (Suffolk/George of Clarence).
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.