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Rebellion from the North

Synopsis
Third episode in a fifteen-part televised series comprising Shakespeare’s history plays from Richard II to Richard III (the two tetralogies), effectively presenting a chronological history of British royalty from 1377 to 1485. This episode covers Henry IV, Part 1, Acts I and II.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
26 May 1960 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
75 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Hayes
Producer
Peter Dews
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Art Direction
Stanley Morris
Contributor
Arthur Bliss; Eric Crozier; Lionel Salter
Cast
Tom FlemingKing Henry IV
Robert HardyPrince Henry (Hal)
Frank PettingellSir John Falstaff
Sean ConneryHenry Percy (Hotspur)
Angela BaddeleyMistress Quickly
Alan Rowe 
Anthony Valentine 
Brian SmithPoins
David Andrews 
Edgar Wreford 
Frank WindsorSir Walter Blunt
Geoffrey BayldonThomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
George A. CooperHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Gordon GostelowBardolph
Jeremy Bisley 
Jerome WillisCarrier
John Greenwood 
John RinghamVintner
Julian GloverEarl of Westmoreland
Kenneth FarringtonGadshill
Leon Shepperdson 
Michael Graham CoxCarrier
Patricia HeneghanLady Percy
Patrick GarlandLord John of Lancaster
Robert LangSheriff
Terence LodgePeto
Terry Scully 
Timothy HarleyFrancis, a Drawer

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry IV Part 1
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Eternity of Kings, An

Notes

Notes
Commercially available on DVD as part of a 5-disc box set from BBC Warner (released March 2009). A written transcript of the series is being held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
General
As Michael Brooke notes, this production was "the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television." Each episode involved expenses of £4.000 and a cast of 600. The rehearsal period took thirty weeks.
History
Transmitted in the US on PBS’ WNEW-TV channel 24 January 1961.
Awards
Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Excellence in Directing (Peter Dews)

1962 The George Foster Peabody Award
Textual information
Script editor Michael Cozier cut the texts into 60 -75 minute episodes which, for the most part, comprised half a complete play.
Reviews
Michael Brooke, "Age of Kings, An (1960)", http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527213/index.html

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527213/index.html

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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