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Wars of the Roses, The: Adapted from the Henry VI Plays and Richard III by William Shakespeare

Synopsis
The Wars of the Roses is a version of the RSC’s landmark production of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and Richard III. Adapted and directed for the stage by Peter Hall and John Barton, The Wars of the Roses was acknowledged on its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1963 as one of defining Shakespeare productions of the post-war years. The Wars of the Roses is presented here in its original form, as three plays first broadcast in 1965 and unseen since then. Recently digitally restored, the trilogy can now be recognised as one of the greatest achievements of the Royal Shakespeare Company and of British television in the 1960s.

Extras include a 20-minute film, Making The Wars of the Roses, which features interviews with original cast members, David Warner and Janet Suzman.
Series
Screen Plays
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Elizabethan drama; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Wars of the Roses

Credits

Director
John Barton; Peter Hall
Production Design
John Bury
Cast
David Warner 
Ian Holm 
Janet Suzman 
Peggy Ashcroft 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
505 minutes
Year
2016

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
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Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

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