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Henry V

Synopsis
A modern interpretation by the English Shakespeare Company, recorded at the Grand Theatre, Swansea before a live audience. The seven plays in the ‘Wars of the Roses’ cycle were performed over seven nights, with 28 actors playing nearly 500 roles.
Series
Wars of the Roses, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1991
Duration
180 mins
Availability
Out of distribution (2005)

Credits

Director
Michael Bogdanov
Producer
Jean-Paul Chapple; Mark Saunders
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Michael PenningtonKing Henry V
Barry StantonChorus
Francesca RyanKatherine
Andrew JarvisDauphin
Ben BazellJamy
Charles DaleDuke of Gloucester
Clyde PollittKing Charles VI of France
Colin FarrellBardolph
Colin FarrellSir Thomas Erpingham
Hugh SullivanConstable of France
Ian BurfordDuke of Exeter
John TramperBoy (Falstaff’s page)
June WatsonQueen Isabel
June WatsonHostess, formerly Mistress Quickly
Michael CroninMacmorris
Michael FennerGower
Philip BowenMontjoy
Roger BoothGovernor of Harfleur
Sion ProbertFluellen
Stephen JamesonDuke of Clarence
Stephen JamesonJohn Bates

Additional Details

Theatre
Grand Theatre, Swansea
Theatre company
English Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1980s
Plays
Henry V
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Article in The Guardian 4 May 89 about the filming of the plays. Reviewed by RenÈ Pigeon in Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol 12 No 4 (1994), pp37-40.
Reviewed by Brian Morton in Times Educational Supplement (29 Mar 1991), p. 27.


Bulletin, Vol 12 No 4 (1994), pp. 37-40. Article in the TES 29 March, 1991.

Bogdanov, Michael & Michael Pennington, The English Shakespeare Company: The Making of ‘The Wars of the Roses’ (London: Nick Hern Books, 1990).

The plays are sold as a series by Films for the Humanities & Sciences within the US and Canada only.
General
It has not been possible to ascertain with 100% accuracy which actors played some of the smaller roles in this recording, as they were changed as the tour progressed. The actors cited all played the part at some point in 1989.

Production Company

Name

English Shakespeare Company

Name

Portman Classics

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Institute Library

Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/shakespeare External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 293384
Fax
01879 292021
Address
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP

Distributor

Name

Vision Replays

Phone
020 7434 3452
Fax
020 7434 3518
Address
29 D’Arblay Street
London
W1V 3FH
Notes
rec’d 12/99

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Email
custserv.@films.com
Web
http://ffh.films.com/ External site opens in new window
Fax
+1 609 671 0266
Address
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor
New York
NY 10001
USA
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Retail outlets

Related

Name

Moving Image Company

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