The Blade sponsors The Rabble Theatre’s production of Henry I

May 16, 2023
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It’s difficult to know what might have prompted The Rabble Theatre to consider putting on a production about Henry I, ‘spare’ son of William the Conqueror and his quest to steal the limelight amid a feuding royal family…

But our connections to the Abbey Ruins on The Blade’s doorstep, and the overall quality of everything the team at Rabble put on, made it an easy decision for us to support their latest production.

Written by Beth Flintoff and directed by Hal Chambers, the Rabble production of Henry I, will run across the summer at three separate locations in Reading, Winchester and finally Covent Garden in London. Opening in mid-June, the performances at the Reading Abbey Ruins will see the production being staged above the King’s body, where he was laid to rest having been brought back from France after falling ill and dying - reportedly after eating too many river fish called lampreys.

It’s unknown whether the current royal ‘spare’ Henry will attend, but if he has plans to drop in, he’ll have to book soon as tickets are selling very fast. Originally produced in 2016, the play enjoyed critical acclaim with plenty of 5-star reviews and so its much anticipated return means this is the hot ticket in Reading for summer 2023.

The production runs from 13 June to 1 July 2023 at Reading Abbey Ruins before moving to Winchester Great Hall from 12-15 July and then finishing at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London between 20-22 July 2023.For more information, dates, times and tickets, please visit The Rabble Theatre website

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