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Henry VI: House of Lancaster

Synopsis
A modern interpretation by the English Shakespeare Company, recorded for 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. The three parts of Henry VI are combined into two plays, ‘The House of Lancaster’ and ‘The House of York’.
Series
Wars of the Roses, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1991
Availability
OUT OF UK DISTRIBUTION (2005)

Credits

Director
Michael Bogdanov
Producer
Jean-Paul Chapple
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Paul BrennenKing Henry VI
Barry StantonRichard Plantagenet, later Duke of York
Colin FarrellDuke of Gloucester
Michael FennerSir John Talbot, later Earl of Shrewsbury
Michael PenningtonDuke of Suffolk (William de la Pole)
Andrew JarvisCharles, Dauphin of France
Ann PenfoldEleanor, Duchess of Gloucester
Ben BazellDuke of Alençon
Ben BazellJohn Southwell
Charles DaleVernon
Clyde PollittCardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester
Francesca RyanMargery Jourdain
Hugh SullivanReignier, Duke of Anjou
Jack CarrRoger Bolingbroke
Jack CarrDuke of Burgundy
Jenifer KonkoSimpcox’s wife
John DarrellSir William Lucy
John DarrellSir Humphrey Stafford
John DougallDuke of Bedford
John DougallSir John Hume
John TramperJohn, Talbot’s son
June WatsonMargaret, daughter of King Reignier
Philip ReesSir John Stanley
Robert HandsBasset
Roger BoothLawyer
Roger BoothSimon Simpcox
Sion ProbertDuke of Somerset
Stephen JamesonEdmund Mortimer

Additional Details

Theatre
Grand Theatre, Swansea
Theatre company
English Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Article in The Guardian 4 May, 1989 about the filming of the plays. Reviewed by RenÈ Pigeon in Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol 12 No 4 (1994). pp. 37-40.

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).
Reviewed by Brian Morton in Times Educational Supplement (29 Mar 1991), p27.

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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