Join us for a reading by the Instant Shakespeare Company. This month features Henry VI, Part 2.
Henry VI, Part 2 or The Second Part of Henry the Sixt (often written as 2 Henry VI) is a history play
by William Shakespeare
believed to have been written in 1591, and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England
. Whereas Henry VI, Part 1
deals primarily with the loss of England's French territories
and the political machinations leading up to the Wars of the Roses
, and Henry VI, Part 3
deals with the horrors of that conflict, 2 Henry VI focuses on the King's inability to quell the bickering of his nobles, the death of his trusted adviser Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
, the rise of the Duke of York
and the inevitability of armed conflict. The play culminates with the opening battle of the War, the First Battle of St Albans
The Instant Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare is for everyone. The company organizes annual readings of all of Shakespeare's plays, using the original Folio & Quarto texts.