MATILDA THE EMPRESS
Photos of R&D Rehearsals by Ian Legge Photography
By Beth Flintoff
Commissioned by Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company
St James' Church, Reading, 2nd - 18th November 2017.
'I am not a woman. I am a lion, roaring with the injustice that has been done to me and my kin.'
As King Henry I approaches the end of his life, he appoints his daughter Matilda as his successor to the throne. Fierce, determined, and clever, Matilda knows she is fit to be England's first female ruler, but in the ruthless world of medieval politics, the nobles would prefer a man. When her cousin Stephen grabs the crown, Matilda is forced to choose: accept the injustice, or start a war. Her actions will have a life-changing impact on the inhabitants of Reading, who have been quietly prospering in the shadow of their new Abbey, only to find themselves at the frontier of a battle between two hardened enemies.
The sequel to RBL's2016 award-winning King Henry I of England, Matilda the Empress weaves an epic story of politics, love and intrigue, amidst a backdrop of terror, anarchy and a desperate bid for survival by the ordinary people of Reading.
The Guardian: 'The next staging post in the mission to give the town a cultural identity.'
GetReading: Five Stars. 'Theatre at its finest.'
AltReading: Five Stars. 'Outstanding, a mesmerising play.'
Directed by Hal Chambers
Supported by Arts Council England