King Henry I of England

Venue: St Barts (Directions)

Fri 1 Apr, 19:00


A sneak preview of a major new play written and produced in Reading, which celebrates arguably Reading’s most famous ever resident, King Henry I of England, takes place in Reading on 1 April.

Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company will be presenting a preview of this autumn’s world premiere of King Henry I of England at St Bart's Theatre in Reading. The play will be performed later in the year, in November, in St James' Church in Reading, immediately beside Henry's burial site.

On 1 April, members of the public will get a sneak preview into the work being conducted to create this new work, funded by Arts Council England with support from Reading Cultural Partnership as part of Reading 2016.  There will be performances of selected scenes, excerpts from the musical score written by Rosalind Steele and Benjamin Hudson, as well as a chance to meet key people involved in the production of Henry I.  Writer Beth Flintoff, Director Hal Chambers, Producers Dani and Toby Davies, Composer Rosalind Steele and Musical Director Benjamin Hudson, as well as historian Professor Lindy Grant, will be on hand to provide an overview of the historical research and process behind creating the new play.

Toby Davies, Reading Between The Lines, said: “Reading has an incredible heritage that needs celebrating. We decided that the best way to make England aware of Reading’s national and international historical importance is to bring King Henry, his contemporaries and the world he lived in, back to ‘life’, right beside where he’s buried.”

Many of the people involved in the Henry I project have worked in places such as The West End, Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, film and TV but are from Reading or nearby. Toby continued: “We hope people leave the show loving King Henry like they love Game of Thrones, wowed by the fights and the choreography, humming tunes from the 1100s, in awe of the epic sound effects and understanding just how incredible Reading Abbey was.

“We expect people to experience a renewed pride in where we live and, along with many other Year of Culture events, we expect King Henry I of England to dismantle the idea that you have to leave Reading to see outstanding theatre or understand world class heritage.”


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St Barts

London Road Reading RG6 1LF

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