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Henry V

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
Television production with David Gwillim in the title role.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
18 Jun 1979
Transmission details
23 Dec 1979 at 19:15 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
170 mins

Credits

Director
David Giles
Producer
Cedric Messina
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
David Lloyd-Jones
Costume
Odette Barrow
Art Direction
Don Homfray
Contributor
Alan Shallcross
Cast
David GwillimKing Henry V
Alec McCowenChorus
Trevor BaxterArchbishop of Canterbury
Jocelyne BoisseauKatherine
Keith DrinkelLewis, the Dauphin (Dauphin)
Alan Brown (2)Governor of Harfleur
Anna QuayleAlice
Brenda BruceHostess, formerly Mistress Quickly
Brian PoyserGower
Bryan PringlePistol
Carl ForgioneLord Rambures
Clifford ParrishDuke of Exeter
David BuckEarl of Westmoreland
David PinnerMichael Williams
David RowlandsSir Thomas Grey
Derek HollisDuke of York
Garrick HagonMontjoy
George HoweSir Thomas Erpingham
Gordon GostelowBardolph
Graham PountneyFrench soldier (Le Fer)
Ian PriceHenry, Lord Scroop of Masham
Jeffrey HollandNim
Joe RitchieAlexander Court
John AbineriBishop of Ely
John BryansDuke of Bourbon
John FowlerBoy (Falstaff’s page)
John SaundersDuke of Orleans
Julian GloverConstable of France
Martin SmithDuke of Gloucester
Michael McKevittJamy
Paddy WardMacmorris
Pamela RuddockQueen Isabel
Rob EdwardsDuke of Bedford
Robert AshbyEarl of Salisbury
Robert HarrisDuke of Burgundy
Rod BeachamEarl of Warwick
Roger DavenportDuke of Clarence
Ronald CheneryMessenger
Ronald ForfarJohn Bates
Simon BroadEnglish Herald
Thorley WaltersKing Charles VI of France
Tim WyltonFluellen
William WhymperRichard, Earl of Cambridge

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry V
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Henry V

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry).
History
This production is part of the second season (producer: Cedric Messina). Recording took place in eight days.
Textual information
The Oxford Shakespeare edition of the complete works (2nd edition, 2005, gen. ed. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor) does not include a Duke of Bedford in the list of dramatis personae. Historically, the Duke of Bedford (Prince John of Lancaster in 2 Henry IV) was not at Agincourt, and in the Oxford edition his lines are given to his brothers, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Clarence.

Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Distributor

Name

BBC Store

Web
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Notes
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