Alignment chart! Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part One

Hey! It's my birthday today, and I was thinking, what do I really want? Lots of things, of course, but one of the main ones is obviously a D&D style alignment chart (popularised and excellent-ised by MightyGodKing) of Shakespeare's histories characters. I couldn't find one, so I made it myself.

“The True Tragedy of Richard, Duke of York” at Towton battlefield

As always, Part Three left me jonesing for more, but I think that's a good thing. The day was lovely and, although I thought it would be a bit gimmicky, the battlefield setting really did work.

“The Houses of York and Lancaster” at Towton battlefield

Beatriz Romilly was again outstanding as an active, clever and bored Eleanor, Gloucester's wife. I wanted more from Suffolk and Margaret's relationship, but Jack Cade was cracking good fun, as ever.

“Harry the Sixth” at Towton battlefield

Overall I liked Harry the Sixth, but I wished there had been a bit more energy. I suspect the actors were probably pacing themselves for the all-dayer, which is totally understandable, but it's such a mad manic play that I wanted a bit more verve. Beatriz Romilly and Graham Butler were definitely the standouts of a strong ensemble.

A Very Plantagenet Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Don’t worry! If you haven’t found a card yet that expresses how you really feel about your partner, maybe one of these Plantagenet valentines will help:

valentine henry vi margaret

Globe to Globe: Henry VI, Part Three in Macedonian (Macedonia)

I love the Henry VIs, but I didn’t really “get” Part Three until I saw it last weekend, when it blew my fucking socks off.

Photo (c) Marc Brenner