Queen Margaret retold at Royal Exchange Theatre

Created with original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O’Hare retells wars of the roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou.

“This lady excelled all others, as well in beauty and favour, as in wit and policy, and was of stomach more like a man than a woman” (Holinshed Chronicles 1577).

Hungry for power and angered by their King, the men of Henry VI’s court plot and scheme against each other. As the King wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son.

Elizabeth Freestone directs this captivating exploration of an iconic moment of British history, from the viewpoint of this dangerous and thrilling woman.

Jade Anouka is a 2017 Screen International star of tomorrow & Evening Standard rising star.   Her impressive theatre credits include Cover My Tracks (Old Vic); Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse/Kings Cross); Slug, (Nabokov); Dr FaustusDR FAUSTUS (West End); Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse & St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange/HighTide). She has recently been seen in the ITV drama Trauma alongside Adrian Lester and John Simm. Later this Autumn she will star in ITV’s drama Cleaning Up alongside Sheridan Smith.

Jeanie O’Hare is Director of New Work Development at The Public Theatre in New York. She was Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama from 2012-16, and Company Dramaturg for the Royal Shakespeare Company for seven years.

The creative development of Queen Margaret has been generously supported by The Peter Henriques Foundation.

The show runs from 14 September to 6 October.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: The Royal Exchange Theatre

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