Sparkling new physical comedy is entertainment fit for a king

Kings of Cloth of Gold is set in 1520, when two kings meet in an area of disputed territory
Kings of Cloth of Gold is set in 1520, when two kings meet in an area of disputed territory

Historical comedy, ‘Kings of Cloth of Gold’ by Angus & Ross Theatre Company is gracing Halifax with its presence later this month.

In a French field in 1520 a meeting for two and a half weeks occurred between Henry VIII of England and Frances I of France.

Roger Davies

Roger Davies

It became known as the Field of Cloth of Gold, thanks to the number of tents crafted from costly gold fabric and the exuberant displays of wealth from both kings.

This playful and witty new production brings out all the ridiculous comedy when the two kings compete to outdo each other in displays of wealth, wit, feasting and battlefield prowess.

The two kings will engage in their battle of vanity at Square Chapel, Halifax, on Thursday, March 28 (8pm).

Based in North Yorkshire, Angus & Ross Theatre Company create touring theatre that tells stories in an engaging and accessible way.

‘Kings of Cloth of Gold’ is written by Tony Lidington and directed by Em Whitfield Brooks, who have been working closely with Royal Armouries museum in Leeds to gain historical accuracy and inspiration for costume and props. Em said: “We are delighted to be working with the Royal Armouries, who are giving us so much advice and expertise in the telling of this important story.”

Tickets are £11 and £9 concessions in advance, £12 and £10 on the day available through Square Chapel box office on 01422 349422 or online at

Before the kings’ visit there are other right royal events at the arts venue.

Tomorrow the Bard of Brighouse, Roger Davies (pictured), makes a welcome return in the guise of ‘The Yorkshire Songwriter’ (8pm). Rhodes Piano Trio are the guests of Halifax Philharmonic Club tonight (7.30pm) and on Sunday the Orchestra of Square Chapel present a programme of music to transport the audience from autumn, through spring to an idyllic English summer (7.30pm).

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