Henry VI Part 2 & 3

Queen Margaret (Heather Damia) King Henry (Claire Van Acker),and Prince Edward

The House of Lancaster: King Henry (Claire VanAcker) sits on the throne (for now) flanked by Queen Margaret (Heather Damia) and Prince Edward (Ian Freiermuth).

England’s bloody War of the Roses raged on the Chatham High School stage in a way only William Shakespeare could tell. When the curtain rose on Henry the VI Part 2 & 3 t November 15 and 16, bickering and backstabbing turned into all-out war as competing houses Lancaster (represented by a red rose) and York (represented by a white rose) played a deadly game for the English throne. The evil in war became all too apparent as family bonds broke and morals were cast aside in favor of power and revenge.

Chatham’s students close out their run with a final performance on Sunday, November 24, 1:15 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company’s annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets there are $16 for general admission and $10 for students. Visit www.shakespeare.org to learn more.

Directed by Lori Evans and JoJo McDonald, Chatham High School’s staging of Henry VI Part 2 & 3 was produced in partnership with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare sponsored by Shakespeare & Company. This nine-week artist-in-residency program brings professional directors, actors, and stage technicians to the school to work with students in developing a 90-minute combination of the two plays.

 

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