Chuk Iwuji on playing Henry VI: 'There's nothing wimpy about him'

July 21, 2016

 

My older brother died when I was finishing at drama school in the US. One of the last conversations we had was just after David Oyelowo had played Henry VI for the RSC in 2001 – the first time the company had cast a black actor as an English king. He said: “This might be a good time to come back to London.” It was my last promise to him. Five years to the day, I went to audition for Hotspur in the director Michael Boyd’s cycle of history plays. But Michael asked me to read Henry VI’s “molehill” speech from Part 3. Rather than panic, I experienced total calm – I knew I would play that role...keep reading

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