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Red Rose and the White, The

Synopsis
Ninth 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 VI, Part 1.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
25 Aug 1960 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
60 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
Terry ScullyKing Henry VI
Jack MayRichard Plantagenet, later Duke of York
John RinghamDuke of Gloucester
Eileen AtkinsJoan la Pucelle
Alan RoweDuke of Somerset
Anthony ValentineAlanson (Duke of Alençon)
David AndrewsBastard of Orléans
Derek WareServant
Edgar WrefordDuke of Suffolk (William de la Pole)
Frank WindsorEarl of Warwick
Jeremy BisleyWarder (Jailer)
Jerome WillisCharles, Dauphin of France
John GreenwoodMessenger
John GreenwoodLawyer
John Murray ScottMessenger
John WarnerReignier, Duke of Anjou
Julian GloverWarder (Jailer)
Kenneth FarringtonServant
Leon ShepperdsonWoodville
Mary MorrisMargaret, daughter of King Reignier
Michael Graham CoxLord Mayor (Mayor of London)
Michael Graham CoxShepherd
Noel JohnsonDuke of Exeter
Patrick GarlandDuke of Bedford
Robert LangCardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester
Terry WaleMessenger
Timothy HarleyServant
Tony GarnettVernon

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
39 actors were used for this episode which cost £2.598 in total. Camera movement is more stylised than in earlier instalments, making allowance for the difference in dramatic style without losing a sense of continuity.
Commercially available on DVD as part of a 5-disc box set from BBC Warner (released March 2009).
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 7 March 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
A written transcript of the series is being held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

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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