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Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff, The

Synopsis
Schools broadcast based on the two parts of Henry IV, which was presented as a mini-series in seven parts following the fortunes of Falstaff. With music specially composed by Kenneth Leighton, starring Roger Livesey as Falstaff.
Series
For the Schools
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Recording date
1 Jan 1959
Transmission details
20 Jan 1959 at 14:05 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
No archive copy known.

Credits

Director
Ronald Eyre
Producer
Ronald Eyre
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Kenneth Leighton; Lionel Salter
Costume
Maureen Muggeridge
Art Direction
Gordon Roland
Cast
Robert HarrisKing Henry IV
Colin JeavonsPrince Henry (Prince Henry (Hal))
Roger LiveseySir John Falstaff
Audrey NobleMistress Quickly
Paul DanemanRobert Shallow
Brian Drew 
Brian Moorehead 
Bryan Drew 
Colin Vancao 
David LangfordPage
David Ludman 
David WebbSecond Carrier (Carrier)
David WebbLord John of Lancaster
Davies Howell 
Donald McCollum 
Edith Saville 
Edmond BennettSir John Coleville
Edward Brooks 
Eric ThompsonDavy
Eric ThompsonPoins
Esmond Webb 
Fanny CarbyDoll Tearsheet
Geoffrey Taylor (2) 
George BensonBardolph
Gordon PhillpottFirst Drawer (Drawer)
Graham CrowdenSilence
Henry Soskin 
Ian WilsonTraveller
Jeremy LonghurstRalph Mouldy
Jeremy Young 
Jerome WillisEarl of Westmoreland
John Greenwood 
John Herrington 
John QuarmbyPeter Bullcalf
Jonathan White 
Keith SmithSimon Shadow
Martin Gordon 
Maxwell ShawGadshill
Meadows WhiteFirst Carrier (Carrier)
Meriel Hunn 
Michael BeintFang
Michael Greenwood 
Michael Wells 
Morris PerryOwen Glendower
Noel JohnsonSir Walter Blunt
Patrick BlackwellChamberlain
Patrick Duffy 
Patrick DurkinServant
Patrick Milner 
Paul BaileyThomas Wart
Paul BaileySecond Drawer (Drawer)
Peggy Forbes-Robertson 
Peter Bartlett (2)Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
Peter FroggattFrancis Feeble
Peter WelchSheriff
Richard Beale 
Richard Holden 
Robert James 
Robert VaheySnare
Roderick CookNym
Scott FinchThomas, Duke of Clarence
Tony ChurchNeville, Earl of Warwick
Valerie Thurlow 
Walter HuddLord Chief Justice
William Patenall 
William SquirePistol
Winifred Hill 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
schools; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The cast list for this entry comprises the cast for the entire series.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.
General
According to the programme preview of Radio Times, these productions are to be recommended for the fact that they "break with the usual traditions of naturalism in television Shakespeare, for there will be a minimum of scenery, and the responsibility of success will be placed, where Shakespeare intended it should be placed, firmly on the shoulders of the actors" ('The Fat Knight’, 16.1.1959, p. 5).
History
A mini-series broadcast in seven 30 minute segments between 20 January and 3 March 1959. The episode titles were:
Part 1: The Gadshill Job (20.1.)
Part 2: The Call to Arms (23.1.)
Part 3: Into Battle (3.2.)
Part 4: On Leave (10.2.)
Part 5: Recruiting (17.2.)
Part 6: God Save The King (20.2.)
Part 7: A New Reign (3.3.)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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