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Henry VI Part 2

Henry VI Part 2

Play


Writer:
  • shakespeare
  • verse
  • historical
  • england
  • war of the roses
  • monarchy
  • marriage
  • religion
  • justice
  • violence


Overview


Synopsis

This play follows King Henry VI, beginning with his marriage to French Margaret of Anjou. She is a student of William de la Pole, a noble who seeks to influence the king's behavior through his relationship with Margaret. Meanwhile, Duke Humphrey also is vying for the crown, and his popularity is growing. His wife studies witchcraft and summons a demon to help his cause. Gloucester ends up becoming destroyed, he is imprisoned and then dies. William de la Pole is banished for potentially having a hand in Gloucester's death. York tries to take the throne, all the while claiming he is trying to protect the King. His sons, who include the evil Richard, (who becomes Richard III,) support him. Henry VI Part 2's action leads up to the Battle of St. Albans.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1591
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
england
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
professional theatre, university theatre, community theatre, outdoor theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters
Tags:
  • shakespeare
  • verse
  • historical
  • england
  • war of the roses
  • monarchy
  • marriage
  • religion
  • justice
  • violence

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