On April 3rd I saw Henry VI part 2 at the Blackfriars Playhouse, home of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. It's a model of Shakespeare's wintertime theater, when the Globe was too cold. The evaluation of the players will come later, but now I would like to talk about the play house. The chandeliers were cool, kind of like hanging wheels with candles on them. The benches were very quaint (I was actually one of the lucky few to be able to sit on a stool on stage) and had cushions. There was a balcony in the back of the stage, and two very nice rows of balcony seats all around the house-one higher and one lower.
This family tree of English kings is useful for understanding the history plays. (Click to enlarge.)
A Special Thanks To Sarah Enloe Of The ASC (Blackfriars Playhouse), Who Was A Great Help With The Photos