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Henry VI. Part 3

Synopsis
Television production directed by Jane Howell who was also responsible for the entire tetralogy (the three parts of Henry VI plus King Richard III). Peter Benson is King Henry.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
10 Feb 1982
Transmission details
16 Jan 1983 at 19:15 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
280 mins

Credits

Director
Jane Howell
Producer
Jonathan Miller
Writer
William Shakespeare
Costume
John Peacock
Art Direction
Oliver Bayldon
Contributor
David Snodin
Cast
Peter BensonKing Henry VI
Julia FosterQueen Margaret
Nick RedingEdward, Prince of Wales
Mark Wing-DaveyEarl of Warwick
Alex GuardMarquess of Dorset
Alex GuardSon that killed his father
Antony BrownKing Louis
Antony BrownLieutenant of the Tower (Lieutenant)
Antony BrownSir John Montgomery
Arthur CoxSir John Mortimer
Arthur CoxDuke of Somerset
Bernard HillRichard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Brian DeaconEarl of Oxford
Brian LittleMusician
Brian ProtheroeEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
David DakerLord Hastings
Derek FarrTutor
Derek FarrWatchman (2) (Watchman)
Derek FarrMayor of York
Derek FarrMessenger to Edward (Messenger)
Derek FarrDuke of Exeter
Derek FukePost (Soldier)
Derek FukeMessenger to Margaret (Messenger)
Derek FukeEarl of Westmorland
Derek FukeMessenger to King (Messenger)
Frank WalshMusician
Gerald BlackmoreMessenger to Warwick (Messenger)
Gerald BroadleyMusician
John AlfordBoy
John BenfieldHuntsman
John BenfieldFirst Messenger to Warwick (Messenger)
John BenfieldEarl of Northumberland
John BenfieldWatchamn (3) (Watchman)
John DempsterMusician
Mathew DavidEdmund, Earl of Rutland
Merelina KendallLady Bona
Michael ByrneFather that killed his son
Michael ByrneMarquess of Montague
Nigel GommMusician
Oengus MacNamaraYoung Clifford
Oengus MacNamaraSecond Messenger to Warwick (Messenger)
Oengus MacNamaraMessenger to Warwick (Messenger)
Paul ChapmanLord Rivers (Earl Rivers)
Paul JessonGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
Peter WyattKeeper (2) (Keeper)
Peter WyattDuke of Norfolk
Ron CookRichard, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Gloucester
Rowena CooperLady Grey (Lady Elizabeth Gray)
Stephen PaineMusician
Tenniel EvansKeeper (1) (Keeper)
Tenniel EvansSir William Stanley
Tenniel EvansMessenger to York (Messenger)
Tenniel EvansWatchman (1) (Watchman)
Tim FukeHenry, Earl of Richmond

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
Related items
Henry VI. Part 1
Henry VI. Parts 1, 2 and 3

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 fifth season (producer: Jonathan Miller). It was recorded in eight days.
Stills
Director Jane Howell directed the entire minor tetralogy (the three parts of Henry VI plus King Richard III). All four productions have the same cast, set, and conceptual approach.
Textual information
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).

Neil Taylor, "Two Types of Television Shakespeare", Shakespeare Survey, Volume 39: Shakespeare on Film and Television (Cambridge, 1987), pp. 103-111.

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 (Sale)

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE
Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

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