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Edward IV

Synopsis
Second of a three-part televised adaptation of Shakespeare’s minor tetralogy (three parts of Henry VI and Richard III). Originally a Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Peter Hall and John Barton, the four plays were condensed into three screenplays: Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III. This part continues with 2 Henry VI through to the end of 3 Henry VI.
Series
Wars of the Roses, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
15 Apr 1965 at 20:00 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
175 mins

Credits

Director
John Barton; Michael Hayes; Peter Hall; Robin Midgley
Producer
Michael Barry
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
John Barton
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Costume
John Bury
Art Direction
John Bury
Cast
David WarnerKing Henry VI
Donald SindenRichard Plantagenet, later Duke of York
Alan TuckerEdward, Prince of Wales
Clive MortonSir John Talbot, later Earl of Shrewsbury
Janet SuzmanJoan la Pucelle
Charles KayGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
Colette O’NeilLady Bona
David WallerFather that killed his son
Derek WaringEarl Rivers
Donald BurtonDuke of Exeter
Donald Layne-SmithLord Saye
Fergus McClelandEdmund, Earl of Rutland
Hugh SullivanDuke of Burgundy
Hugh SullivanLord Hastings
Jeffery DenchSir Humphrey Stafford
John CorvinLord Clifford
John HusseyKing Louis
John NormingtonYoung Clifford
Lee MenziesHenry, young Earl of Richmond
Madoline ThomasDuchess of York
Malcolm WebsterAlexander Iden
Maurice JonesEarl of Oxford
Nicholas SelbyCardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester
Peggy AshcroftMargaret, daughter of King Reignier
Peter GeddisSon that killed his father
Philip BrackDuke of Somerset
Roy DotriceEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Roy DotriceJack Cade
Susan EngelLady Elizabeth Gray
William SquireDuke of Buckingham

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Wars of the Roses Discussion

Notes

Notes
A written transcript of the series is at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
General
As reviewers noted, the production went beyond a mere recording of a stage play. Twelve cameras were used to record the performance of a cast of nearly seventy actors on a stage that had been extended to 40 feet to accommodate battle and crowd scenes. The intention was to give a sense of the impact of the stage production televisually. as The Times reviewer enthuses, the BBC directors managed a smooth transference, "changing their visual idiom yet not losing their integrity of meaning: a remarkable achievement".
History
Filming was done following the 1964 run of the plays at Stratford-upon-Avon, and took place in the theatre over eight weeks. The cycle was repeated in January and February 1966 when it was re-edited into eleven episodes of 50 minutes
and given new titles such as The FEARFUL KING.

A five-minute programme introducing the plays was broadcast on BBC1 4 April 1965 22.05:22.10.


The trilogy was released on DVD in 2016 - see separate entry.
Figures
Reaction Index 75 (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.)
Textual information
The text was adapted for screenplay by John Barton.
Reviews
"A Shakespearian Experience on TV", The Times, 21.4.1965, p. 13.
Alice V. Griffin, "Shakespeare Through the Camera’s Eye: IV", Shakespeare Quarterly 17 (1966): p. 385.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
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Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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