One of the greatest works in English drama, William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, has returned to the Globe Theatre for a summer run.
The play, which runs until mid-September, famously tells the tale of the eponymous English king who, following the untimely death of his father, struggles to keep his kingdom united.
Arguably Shakespeare’s most-ambitious work, Henry VI is split into three separate plays – Harry the Sixth, The True Tragedy of the Duke of York and Battlefield Performance – with guests staying in luxury London hotels for several days over the summer able to see all parts of the trilogy at the world-famous theatre, located on the bustling South Bank.
However, even those culture-lovers who are just booked into hotel accommodation in London for a short break are able to enjoy this dramatic representation of one of England’s most colourful kings, with the Bard having written each of the plays as stand-alone works, meaning they can all be enjoyed on their own without any knowledge of the others.
According to the Globe, the plays making up the trilogy “create a world without ideology, a savage time when heroes are not kings, but formidable women, such as Joan of Arc, or rebels, such as Jack Cade”.
Additionally, alongside their treatment of history, Shakespeare scholars also view the plays as being among the best examples of the Bard’s dark, sardonic wit, as well as boasting some of his most fascinating characters.
Tickets for the Henry VI plays can either be purchased in advance or, as is the tradition at the Globe, can be purchased on the day of the performance.
Famously, day tickets allow visitors to stand in the courtyard of the circular theatre, giving them the chance to take in a play in the same way audiences would have done back in Shakespeare’s day.
Standing tickets cost just £5, making the Globe one of the best-value cultural experiences anywhere in London.
Moreover, it’s also one of the easiest to enjoy, with the theatre boasting excellent connections to many luxury London hotels.
Waterloo Station, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are just a short, pleasant riverside stroll in one direction, while in the other direction, London Bridge and Borough Market are a few minutes’ walk away.