Henry VI (or Henry the Sixth) is the collective name sometimes found for a trilogy of plays by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), some of it possibly in collaboration with Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nash.
The original text
Based on the life of Henry VI of England (1421-1471), it was one of a trilogy of plays written circa 1590/1591.
The trilogy (not necessarily written in this order) consists of:
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: The first act of "Shakespeare's Splendid Tragedy Henry the Sixth" was advertised for performance in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 16 December by a company led by Mrs Henderson and Mr Lamb, the latter playing "Gloster" (i.e. "Gloucester"). Also performed were The Eddystone Elf (Pitt), some variéte acts and a "Pantomimic Sketch full of Hits and Skits on Cape Publicities and Peculiarities" (cited by Bosman, 1980, p. 130, from the Cape Argus of 12 December, 1861). Given the fact that "Gloucester" is a character in the play, the text used was probably either 1 Henry VI or 2 Henry VI.
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