King Henry V
- Televised broadcast of John Barton’s Elizabethan Theatre Company production of the play. As producer Michael MacOwan emphasises, this production "should be thought of not so much as a television production of Henry V, but as an attempt to show on the television screen the work that is being done by a group of young actors who are trying to return to the essentials of Elizabethan playing’" (Radio Times, 15 May 1953, p. 26).
- Great Britain
- Transmission details
- 19 May 1953 at 20:45 (Channel: BBC)
- 97 mins
- John Barton; Michael MacOwan
- William Shakespeare
- Art Direction
- Reece Pemberton
- The introductory exhortions of the Chorus ("Into a thousand parts divide one man ...") seems to have been used as the principal motto for this production in which some actors played four or five roles.
- Production cost: £ 586 (BBC Play Library)
- This production was presented as the first of the Elizabethan Theatre Company’s new season at Canterbury, England.
- The BBC Research Report indicates that 36% of the adult viewing public watched the broadcast, but their responses added up to a "Reaction Index" of only 52, compared with 71 for Morley’s 1951 Life of Henry V (cf. Rothwell/Melzer, p. 95). The Reaction Index is a measurement of the quality
and success of the programme with the audience who had watched it. It is based on a range of 0 to 100.)
- Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 174, p.95.
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