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Wars of the Roses

A Northern Broadsides /West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production

War of the Roses

Henry VI
Young Henry is crowned. Inexperienced and dominated by an ambitious Queen, treachery abounds and York plots his succession to the throne. Bloodshed is inevitable.

Edward IV
Henry faces a nightmare rebellion and is rendered powerless. Civil war erupts and as the House of York prevails, Edward is crowned. But in his shadow a brother lurks who will kill all to become king.

Richard III
A ruthless manipulator, Richard schemes and murders his way to the throne of England – eliminating every obstacle in his way

“Enthralling and exhilarating”
The Independent*****

“Northern Broadsides’ hugely ambitious Wars of the Roses is nothing short of a triumph.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Each play works as a stand-alone production, but seeing them all at one sitting amounts to an altogether different, utterly absorbing experience”
The Sunday Times

“If there was ever an occasion made for the dialect warriors of Northern Broadsides, it is Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays….Shakespearean verse doesn’t have to sound middle-class”
The Observer

“Nelson’s stealthy emergence as the diabolical Richard becomes the cycle’s outstanding feature.”
The Guardian

“Shakespeare’s great kings combine and rule in Northern Broadsides’ hit.” ****

The Sunday Times

“Broadsides has pulled off a triumph: this is thrilling theatre”

Metro

“The company has excelled itself….compulsively watchable.”

The British Theatre Guide

“Electrifying”
Yorkshire Evening Post

“A trilogy that makes brisk, energetic work of the complexities of English history”
The Times

“The ensemble is the thing …the sheer dedication and drive of the company finally takes your breath away, pushing you to your feet come curtain call.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Utterly compelling in its scope and character, unrelenting in its dramatic power, it is nothing less than a triumph.”

The Stage

“A resounding success…big, bold and filling the space impressively …an epic, amazing journey”
The Yorkshire Post

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