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Henry VI Part Three directed by John Blondell and performed in Macedonian by the FYR Macedonia’s National Theatre of Bitola. It was also performed at the London Globe during the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival with subtitles in English.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

A professional theatre was established in the city of Bitola, south-west Macedonia, in 1944. It staged the first play in the Macedonian language following liberation from the Axis powers that year. Its current home was built on the site of the original one in 1980. Its players tour all over the country and around the world.

PRINCIPAL CAST AND CREDITS

King Henry VI: Petar Gorko
Richard, Duke of York: Boris Chorevski
Queen Margaret: Gabriela Petrushevska
Edward: Ognen Drangovski

Director/adaptor: John Blondell
Translator: Dragi Mihajlovski
Composer: Miodrag Necak

THE PLAY

As the War of the Roses rages, Richard, Duke of York, promises King Henry he will end his rebellion if his sons are named heirs to the throne. When the King agrees, his wife, Queen Margaret, is furious he has disinherited her son, Prince Edward. York’s sons criticise the agreement, and convince their father to try to seize the throne by force again. Weary with kingship and the tolls of war, Henry and his advisors try to quell the rebellion, while the sons of York fight for the throne. Traditional songs and music punctuate this reinterpretation of the play.

Review of the 2012 performances of Henry VI Parts 1, 2, 3 in The Guardian

Review by Randall Martin of the performance at the 2013 Bitola Shakespeare Festival

 

Information courtesy of Randall Martin

 

 


Randall Martin is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick. His books include Henry VI Part Three (ed. 2001), Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England (2008), Shakespeare / Adaptation / Modern Drama (co-ed. with Katherine Scheil, 2011) and Shakespeare and Ecology (2015).

 

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