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Authentick and Ironicall Historie of Henry V, The

Synopsis
Explores the problematic relationship between event, text and performance in Shakespeare’s Henry V. Also focuses on the way war, and images of war, are presented on stage and on film. In five sections: 1) background and influences of Olivier’s film HENRY V; 2) re-enacting the battle of Agincourt in the present day; 3) likely expectations and experiences of an audience in 1600; 4) difficulties experiences in staging Henry V from 1600 into the 20th century; the story of Shakespearean reconstruction in the present, including the new Globe Theatre and a workshop on Shakespearean battles.
Series
Approaching Literature, Course A210
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Television broadcast. col. 49 min.
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of production
1996
Availability
Out of Distribution (2005)
Subjects
Drama; English language and literature
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); stage design; swordfighting; war; Stage directing; Elizabethan stage; Shakespeare on film; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Related items
Henry V (1944)

Credits

Producer
Tony Coe
Contributor
Ian McKellen; Sam Wanamaker
Cast
James Cameron 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk
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