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Royal Shakespeare Company 


By William Shakespeare
(edited by Owen Horsley)

"In cruelty will I seek out my fame"

The tussle for the English crown escalates to the battlefield and the families of Lancaster and York drench their brutal conflict in sweat and blood. As power is shunted back and forth, there is deceit, betrayal and murder at every turn.


The scene is set for the final chapter as we get our first glimpse of the ambitious and manipulative Duke of Gloucester – soon to become Richard III. 

With more battles than any other Shakespeare play, Wars of the Roses is a thrilling climax to Shakespeare’s three-part Henry VIsaga of nationhood and power: who will emerge victorious? 

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a thrilling major event

The Guardian 


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Horsley proves himself to be one of the best directors of Shakespeare to have emerged at the Royal Shakespeare Company in recent years

Daily Mail 


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Shakespeare staged with bloody purpose

The Times 


★ ★ ★ ★

clear characterisation and speech, fluidity of action [and] an engulfing sense of nightmare ... the RSC is back with a pole-axing show of strength

The Telegraph

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