Author(s): William Shakespeare
From the Royal Shakespeare Company -- a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's epic retelling of the Wars of the Roses THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An illuminating introduction to Henry VI by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Henry VI in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors and a designer - Edward Hal and Michael Boyd, and Tom Piper -- so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare plays offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
JONATHAN BATE Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as 'the best modern book on Shakespeare.' In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'. ERIC RASMUSSEN Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.
Introduction Structure and Style The Popular Voice The Tragic Agon About the Text Key Facts Henry VI, Part One Textual Notes Key Facts Henry VI, Part Two Textual Notes Key Facts Henry VI, Part Three Textual Notes Synopses to the plots of Parts One, Two, and Three Henry VI in Performance: the RSC and Beyond Four Centuries of Henry VI: An Overview At the RSC The Director's Cut: Interviews with Michael Boyd and Edward Hall 'Designing Henry VI' by Tom Piper Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology Kings and Queens of England: From the History Plays to Shakespeare's Lifetime The History Behind the Histories: A Chronology Further Reading and Viewing References Acknowledgements and Picture Credits