(Mark Brown’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/10.)
An epic adaptation of four Shakespeare history plays is to be restaged for the first time since 1963 when it was hailed as “one of the mightiest stage projects of our time”.
Trevor Nunn, the director, has announced he is to fulfil a long-held ambition to restage The Wars of the Roses, a spectacular theatrical event which was created 52 years ago by the founders of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Peter Hall and John Barton.
With cutting and occasional rewriting it conflates Shakespeare’s Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI into three plays: Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III. Audiences who watched them back to back were exhausted but thrilled.