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Synopsis
Eleventh 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 2, Acts III-V.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
22 Sep 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
Mary MorrisQueen Margaret
Paul DanemanRichard (Richard (Crookback), son of Duke of York)
John RinghamHumphrey, Duke of Gloucester (Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester)
Edgar WrefordDuke of Suffolk (William de la Pole)
Adrian BrineMurderer
Adrian BrineWalter Whitmore
Alan RoweDuke of Somerset
Anthony ValentineDick the Butcher
Barry JacksonMichael
David AndrewsSea Captain (Captain)
Derek WareMaster’s mate
Derek WareSoldier
Esmond KnightJack Cade
Frank WindsorEarl of Warwick
Gordon GostelowEarl of Salisbury
Jack MayRichard, Duke of York (Duke of York)
Jerome WillisYoung Clifford
John BarcroftClifford (Old Lord Clifford)
John Murray ScottStafford’s brother
John Murray ScottVaux
John RinghamMaster
John WarnerLord Say (Lord Saye)
Julian GloverEdward, Earl of March
Kenneth FarringtonDuke of Buckingham
Leon ShepperdsonDuke Humphrey of Gloucester
Patrick GarlandMurderer
Patrick GarlandGeorge
Robert LangBeaufort (Cardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester)
Terence LodgeSmith the Weaver
Terence LodgeMurderer
Terry WaleClerk (Emmanuel, the Clerk of Chatham)
Timothy HarleyBevis
Tony GarnettJohn Holland

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 2
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 21 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

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

Web
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