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Margaret of Anjou

The last week of the Lent Term saw this year's Main School Production take place in the reconfigured New Barn Theatre.

With half of the seats removed to allow for a thrust stage to be created, 30 pupils were involved in producing four Shakespeare plays rolled into one.

The three parts of 'Henry VI' and 'Richard III' had been edited together by the Head of Drama at LAMDA to create 'Margaret of Anjou'.  The play covers the Wars of the Roses from the death of Henry V to the crowning of Henry VII, when many people died, many were betrayed (some more than once!) and there were three kings all within the space of a couple of frantic hours.

There were a number of stand-out performances:  Henry Pottle's Henry VI, Ryan Parker's Duke of York, and Francesca Farquharson, playing the title role, showing real character progression from the young innocent girl to the curse-wielding crone, and with over two years left at Milton Abbey there is plenty more to come from this talented young actor.  However it was Ben Warburton's performance as Richard III that really shone - an astonishing achievement.  

The pupils also learnt to fight with broadswords and this allowed for some very exciting fight sequences.  Special mention must go to the fight that resulted in the death of the Duke of Warwick, 'The Kingmaker', aka Gabriel Felip.  Sparks literally few off the flashing blades as this technically difficult fight was performed with energy and commitment.

A big congratulations to all involved in making this production such a great success.

(Photography by Sara Burton)