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Morning’s War, The

Synopsis
Episode twelve 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 3, Acts I-III.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
6 Oct 1960 at 21:45 (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
John GreenwoodEdward, Prince of Wales
Frank WindsorEarl of Warwick
Paul DanemanRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III
Adrian BrineMarquess of Montague
Anthony ValentineSir John Mortimer
David AndrewsSon that killed his father
Derek WareGabriel
Edgar Wreford 
Jack MayRichard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Jane WenhamLady Elizabeth Gray
Jeffry WickhamDuke of Norfolk
Jeremy BisleyNobleman
Jerome WillisLord Clifford
John Murray ScottMessenger
John RinghamFather that killed his son
John WarnerHumphrey
Julian GloverEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Kenneth FarringtonEarl of Northumberland
Leon ShepperdsonEarl of Westmorland
Patrick GarlandGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
Robert Lang 
Terence LodgeDuke of Exeter
Terry WaleEdmund, Earl of Rutland
Timothy HarleySinklo
Tony GarnettMessenger

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Eternity of Kings, An

Notes

Notes
As Rothwell/Melzer note in their entry for this production, the usual time slot for this series was usurped by the broadcast of a professional boxing match.
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 28 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
Rothwell, Kenneth S., and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), entry 191, pp.106-107.

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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