*to part/no. 3 of the Roughly Chronological read-through of the ‘complete’ #Shakespeare plays… —Henry VI (Part II). …
Date: Probably 1591.
First read: 2005-ish.
Productions seen: No full productions, just scenes at drama school.
Productions worked on: As above.
Edition I’m using: Signet Classics. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Signet before.
- There are people who believe that this is Shakespeare’s very first play. While it’s clearly an early work, I find it hard to believe that it could be the first. The language and characterisation are much better developed than Comedy of Errors or Two Gents.
- It was suggested to me when I started this project that the Henry VIs should be read in story order, but in light of the argument mentioned above I preferred to go 2-3-1. I’ve tried to put Part 1 out of my mind for the purposes of the Re-read.
- Back when I first started reading Shakespeare I assumed that as I grew more…
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