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Shakespeare at his freest and most exuberant: The Wars of the Roses reviewed

Plus: two comedies at the Tricycle and Old Red Lion that deliver laughs aplenty

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

24 October 2015

9:00 AM

The Wars of the Roses: Henry VI

Rose Theatre, in rep until 31 October

A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes

Tricycle Theatre, until 14 November


Old Red Lion, until 7 November

The RSC’s The Wars of the Roses solves a peculiar literary problem. Shakespeare’s earliest history plays are entitled Henry VI parts (I), (II) and (III), which is thought to put people off. If you see one why not see all? If you miss the opener will the sequels confuse you? The solution is to condense the material and to reconfigure it as a single theatrical event.

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