The Life and Death of Reading’s King by Elizabeth Park (formerly Beth Flintoff)


Olivier Award winning theatre director, Donnacadh O’Briain, has been confirmed as director of a theatrical spectacle taking place in The Oracle this September. The celebrated director, who has worked with The RSC and in the West End, will be joining Reading’s hugely popular theatre company, Reading Between the Lines (RBL), to tell the story of Reading’s Royal Burial at The Oracle Riverside.

The spectacle will tell the story of Henry I’s life and how he came to be buried in Reading, with music by composers Benjamin Hudson and Rosalind Steele (BBC Radio 1, 6 & 3, festivals worldwide and theatres across the country) and lighting design by Oliver Welsh (London Olympics 2012, Dragon’s Den, Old Vic). As a central event for the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival, the play will run on Friday 15th September, 7.30pm.

RBL, who achieved unprecedented success with last year’s five star, award winning new play, Henry I of England, are thrilled to be working on this exciting new project just two months before they perform the world premiere of the sequel, Matilda the Empress, staged beside Reading Abbey, where Henry was buried.

Tickets for this hour long outdoor production, staged beside the river Kennet in The Oracle, are free but must be booked from RBL’s website prior to the production.

To reserve your tickets for this free production or for Matilda the Empress please visit