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National tour brings together two giants of history for play

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

Clash of the Titans: Henry VIII played by Dominic Goodwin, left, and Francis I played by Emanuel Brierley

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Bringing to life an epic meeting between two kings in 1520, Angus & Ross Theatre Company will be visiting Lincoln with Kings of Cloth of Gold as part of their 50-date national tour.

Performing at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby on Saturday, February 16, this new family comedy, written by Tony Lidington and directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, imagines the historic encounter between the kings of England and France, with Henry VIII played by Dominic Goodwin and Francis I played by Emanuel Brierley.

In a French field, under cloths of gold, the two kings competed to outdo each other in displays of wealth, wit, feasting and battlefield prowess.

Each king is proud, intelligent, and the epitome of chivalry. But who will eventually win this battle of vanity?

The production has been supported and inspired by the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds, where the tournament room contains two of Henry VIII's original suits of armour. "We are delighted to have had the chance of working with the Royal Armouries, who've given us so much advice and expertise in the telling of this important story," says director Em Whitfield Brooks.

"Inspired by the Tournament Room at Royal Armouries Leeds, our designer Ruth Paton has worked closely with staff to make sure we honour the historical accuracy, and our actors trained with their fight directors. It's very exciting to work so closely with the real experts on bringing this moment in history to life."

Show time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £8.50 (£7 concs). Box office: 01673 885500, www.broadbent.org

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