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Life and Death of King John, The

Synopsis
Televised recording produced by Stephen Harrison with Donald Wolfit in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
20 Jan 1952 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
50 mins
Availability
Unavailable

Credits

Producer
Stephen Harrison (2)
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
Donald WolfitKing John
Joseph O’ConorPhilip the Bastard
Sonia DresdelLady Constance
William DevlinHubert de Burgh (Hubert)
Michael CroudsonPrince Arthur (Arthur, Duke of Brittaine)
Cavan MalonePrince Henry
David WoodmanEnglish Herald (Herald)
Elwyn Brook-JonesCardinal Pandulph
James DaleKing Philip of France
John ArnoldFrench Herald (Herald)
John SouthworthRobert Faulconbridge
Judith StottBlanche
Maurice ColbourneEarl of Salisbury
Megan LatimerLady Faulconbridge
Michael RaghanPeter de Pomfret
Richard BebbLouis the Dauphin
Robert SansomChâtillon
Roderick LovellEarl of Pembroke
Una VenningQueen Eleanor
Victor LucasLimoges, Duke of Austria

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
King John
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A typescript is held by The Birmingham Shakespeare Library.
History
This is the first televised recording of a live performance of the play of which only three filmed adaptations have been made to date.
Figures
Reaction Index of 64. The smallest audience for a Shakespeare play since the TV Viewing Panel reports were established (BBC Audience Research). The Reaction Index is a measurement of the quality
and success of the programme with the audience who had watched it. It is based on a range of 0 to 100.)
Reviews
Source: Radio Times
Lional Hale writes about the production in ‘King John Against Faulconbridge’, Radio Times, 18 January 1952, p. 41.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Record Stats

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