Tickets selling fast for Dido, Queen of Carthage

On Friday 20th September, at 7.30pm, Edward’s Boys will be performing Dido, Queen of Carthage at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon. With the support of the faux pas parents association, we shall be staging the production as part of a ‘feast’, with a hot meal of chilli con carne included in the ticket price. The performance will include live music, as is common in our shows, but will also be preceded by musical extracts from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. A short introduction to Marlowe’s play will be given by Dr Andy Kesson of the University
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Henry V DVD now available

The DVD of Edward’s Boys performance of Henry V in the Swan Theatre on 17th March 2013 is now available. Produced by Gavin Birkett, it is a wonderful memento of an amazing evening. Click here to order online now.
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“Our boys have scored a triumph…”

So read the review in the Stratford Herald for the 1913 King Edward VI production of Henry V at the Memorial Theatre, and the 2013 edition has been similarly lauded. The Herald again leads the way, praising this “Bold reinvention of historic Henry”, in performances over three nights at the School’s Levi Fox Hall, the RSC’s Swan Theatre and the historic Guildhall – Shakespeare’s schoolroom. Professional actor and Old Boy Tim Pigott-Smith, who performed the role of Chorus, was described an “an inspired choice… [he] superbly evoked the ‘imaginary puissance’ of the English expedition, but the embedded pedantry of a schoolmaster cast
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Remarkable levels of support for our production of Henry V

Before Christmas we asked for corporate sponsors and individual patrons to lend their support to this ambitious project. The response was magnificent. Seven local businesses generously offered to support the production as corporate sponsors, raising nearly £2,000. Our Crowdfunding campaign for individual patrons through Sponsume raised £710, significantly above our £500 target. Many, many thanks to all those who have offered their support. It is much appreciated.
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Henry V: 1913-2013

In 1913 as part of his season of History plays at the Memorial Theatre, Frank Benson invited King Edward VI School to present a production of HENRY V for two performances. The production, cast with boys from the school with the exception of a professional actor playing the part of Chorus, was very well received with positive reviews in ‘The Morning Post’, ‘The Birmingham Post’, ‘The Stratford Herald’ and ‘The Evesham Journal.’ The composer at the theatre that year was the young Ralph Vaughan Williams, who composed music for all the productions including HENRY V. Poignantly, all the boys taking
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