The Young Actors Group transformed this tale of intrigue and skulduggery into contemporary drama of dance and street slang while retaining the best and most memorable parts of the original play.

The cast – aged between 8 and 20 – had just 7 days to rehearse and get ready for the one-off show which showcased an array of promising talent. 11 year-old Helena Bullen delivered a passionate performance as the feisty Queen Margaret. Juliette Moore played the part of Lady Anne with conviction.

Jonny Davidson as Buckingham and Wilfrid Watson as Hasting were both assured in their roles and Maya Cooper never flagged in the leading role as the evil Duke of Gloucester. Pint sized Anouska Kill – aged 9 - took on the demanding parts of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Richmond but was never overawed by the occasion and charmed the audience with her clarity and confidence.

Special mention must go to Alice Marcus and Esme Petridis for their gruff performances as the murderers, Sky Quinn as Rivers/ Messenger 2 and Oscar Clitheroe who proved himself a real showman in a variety of roles. Henry Austin radiated enjoyment and fun in the opening dance sequence and did not disappoint as either Edward IV or Clarence.