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Henry VI: The Battle for the Throne

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s small-scale touring production of Henry VI. Part 3. Directed by Katie Mitchell with Jonathan Firth as Henry VI.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
6 Sep 1994
Duration
171 mins

Credits

Director
Katie Mitchell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Helen Chadwick
Production Design
Rae Smith
Cast
Jonathan FirthKing Henry VI
Ruth MitchellQueen Margaret
John KeeganEarl of Warwick
Tom SmithRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III
Chris GarnerDuke of Exeter
Chris GarnerKeeper
Declan ConlonFather that killed his son
Declan ConlonTutor
Declan ConlonMarquess of Montague
Dugald Bruce-LockhartEarl of Northumberland
Jamie HindeLord Clifford
Jo Stone-FewingsGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
Liz KettleLady Elizabeth Gray
Lloyd OwenEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Nick BagnallGabriel Thorpe
Stephen SimmsKing Louis
Stephen SimmsRichard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Tam WilliamsEdmund, Earl of Rutland
Tam WilliamsLieutenant
Tam WilliamsSon that killed his father

Additional Details

Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Textual information
Katie Mitchell drew heavily on the octavo text. The production was relatively uncut with minor additions from Richard II, Richard III and Gorbuduc to underline the theme of civil war.
Reviews
Hodgdon, Barbara ‘Making it new: Katie Mitchell Refashions Shakespeare-History’ in Novy, Marianne Transforming Shakespeare: Contemporary Women’s Re-Visions in Literature and Performance (New York:St Martin’s Press, 1999), pp13-33.
[Examines how Katie Mitchell, in her 3 Henry VI utilises "women’s bodies and voices to intervene in a narrative centered on constructing masculine kings and re-engendering a dynastic heritage"]

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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