Saturday, 21 April 2018

Plans for show about Henry I

A PROFESSIONAL theatre company has announced plans to create a new play based on the extraordinary

A PROFESSIONAL theatre company has announced plans to create a new play based on the extraordinary life of King Henry I.

Reading Between the Lines (RBL), who recently achieved five five-star reviews for their modern take on Much Ado About Nothing, is to commission someone to write about the third son of William the Conqueror, who fathered 26 bastard children, was a murderer and imprisoned his own brother for 26 years, allowing him to die in jail.

He led a tyrannical yet brave life and was described by contemporaries as harsh but effective, and even founded what was effectively England’s first zoo at his palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

His reign began after he raced on horseback to seize the crown following the ‘mysterious’ death on a hunting trip of his elder brother, William II.

He died in 1135 after eating a ‘surfeit of lampreys’ (a type of baby eel) and his body was sewn inside the carcass of a bull and shipped from France to England, where he was buried on December 1, in Reading Abbey, which he founded 14 years earlier.



Henry’s is a compelling story of epic proportions, ideally suited to RBL’s fresh approach to theatre and record of bringing heritage to life.

Since it was formed in 2012 the company has built a reputation for creating exciting and accessible productions for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Large-scale, modern interpretations of Shakespearean plays have been staged inside Reading’s historical buildings before transferring to London, with soundtracks featuring a wide range of genres, including drum ‘n’ bass, r ‘n’ b, disco, dub step, folk and classical, alongside startling choreography, striking lighting designs and relevant design concepts.



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