Shakespeare Marathon – Davidson College

Davidson College presents Henry VI-Part 2 on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 3 PM, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Mark Sutch
Suffolk, Humphrey, Richard, Spirit, Soldier – Brendan Cassidy
Duchess, Jack Cade, Peter Thump, Salisbury – Kessler Catterall
Warwick, John Hume, Stafford, Alexander Iden, Post, Messengers – Collin Epstein
Gloucester, Clifford, Neighbor, Prentice, Messenger – Samuel Giberga
Buckingham, Horner, Gentleman – Matt Hunter
King Henry VI, Walter Whitmore, Petitioner, Messenger – Rober Kopf
York, Captain, Lord Say, Sheriff, Murderer – Matthew Schlerf
Somerset, Roger Bolingbroke, Bevis, Vaux, Neighbor, Prentice, Messenger – Yasmin Tabbal
Cardinal Beaufort, Dick the Butcher, Margery Jourdain, Edward, Petitioner – Victoria Williams
Queen Margaret, Holland, Servant – Rachel Wiltshire

ABOUT THE PLAY :  With a weak, unworldly king on the throne, the English nobility heightens its struggle for power in Henry VI, Part 2, leading to the brink of civil war.

At the start of the play, Henry meets his new bride, Margaret, to whom he has been married by proxy through Suffolk, her lover. Henry’s popular and powerful uncle Gloucester, the Lord Protector, soon comes under attack by Margaret, Suffolk, Cardinal Beaufort, and others.

Gloucester’s wife is shamed and exiled and Gloucester himself removed from office, then murdered on Suffolk’s orders. Suffolk is banished, captured by pirates, and killed. Meanwhile, the cardinal dies, raving in madness because of his part in Gloucester’s death.

A Kentish rebel, Jack Cade, leads a short-lived revolt, seizing London before his supporters desert him. He dies fighting in a garden. Soon another revolt emerges: Richard, Duke of York, leads an army against King Henry, who flees back to London. As the play ends, Richard’s forces also move toward London.

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Henry VI Part 2.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.