A new play commissioned by Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company.

St James' Catholic Church, Abbots Walk, Reading, RG1 3HW

2nd - 19th November 2016

Directed by Hal Chambers

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The incredible story of King Henry's life, performed within touching distance of his final resting place, Reading Abbey, inside the stunning St James' Church.

When William the Conqueror announces his successor to the thrones of Normandy and England, his youngest son Henry gets nothing. With no-one but a loyal priest and clever sister to back him, he is caught like a pawn between two older brothers in their fight for power. But Henry is bright and determined, and fate seems to be on his side. As power surges into his hands, while love beckons and the world falls at his feet, can he keep a firm grip on his own integrity?  

A complex man, Henry I had an extraordinary life, as brave as it was tyrannical. His family life was turbulent and his personal losses profound, but his fight for gender equality, civil order and a unified England make his spiritual journey one of the most fascinating in history.

This is a new play of epic proportions created with the support of Arts Council England.


'I could write an essay of a review when it comes to this show, but one thing's for certain, this performance is something that I'll be talking about for a very long time.' 

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'Flintoff is a hugely talented playwright, and in Henry she turns in another outstanding script, complete with some deft touches of humour and a brilliant capturing of the rhythms of everyday speech. ... Almost always intense, occasionally chilling, sometimes funny, this is a big, mesmerising play.' 

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Photos by Ian Legge Photography

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Produced by Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company

Directed by Hal Chambers

Designed by Rosanna Vize

Music by Rosalind Steele and Benjamin Hudson; Lighting by Oliver Welsh; Movement by Gareth Taylor.

Cast includes: Saskia Portway (NT), Ben Ashton (RSC), Jack Beale (Old Vic, Kneehigh, Once), Toby Davies (West End, Tobacco Factory), Emma Denly (RADA Graduate 2016), James McGregor (Bristol Old Vic, Nuffield), Rebecca Pownall (Orange Tree, Bristol Old Vic) Adam Venus (Young Vic, York Theatre Royal)