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Synopsis
Episode 21 of a 26-part serialisation of the Elizabethan history play (encompassing the reign of Edward II to Henry VI), adapted for radio by Martin Jenkins. This episode, based on Shakespeare’s 3 Henry VI and Richard III, stars Norman Rodway, James Laurenson and Peggy Ashcroft. With Richard Burton as narrator. The music for the series is composed by Christopher Whelen and played by members of the English Chamber Orchestra.
Series
Vivat Rex
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
21 Mar 1977
Transmission details
3 Jul 1977 at 21:03 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
55 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Director
Gerry Jones
Producer
Gerry Jones
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Contributor
Richard Burton
Adaptor for Radio
Martin Jenkins (2)
Cast
James LaurensonKing Henry VI
Peggy AshcroftQueen Margaret
Christopher GuardEdward, Prince of Wales
Charles GrayEarl of Warwick
Norman RodwayRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III
Bruce BeebySir Robert Brackenbury
Christopher BenjaminLord Hastings
Colin DouglasStanley, Earl of Derby
Derek GodfreyDuke of Buckingham
Geoffrey CollinsGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
Ian OgilvyEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Jane Knowles 
John BennettMurderer (2)
Kerry FrancisSir William Catesby
Michael N. HarbourDuke of Somerset
Michael Tudor BarnesEarl of Oxford
Peter CrazeLord Grey
Philip LockeMurderer (2)
Susan EngelQueen Elizabeth
Walter HallEarl Rivers

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry VI part 3; Richard III
Subjects
Drama; History
Keywords
monarchy; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
VIVAT REX was presented by BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Each episode of the broadcast was repeated on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesdays at 15:05.
Stills
A large portrait of Burton in front of the microphone can be found in Radio Times, 12-18 February 1977, pp. 61-62.
Textual information
To enable listeners to follow the episodes more easily, a booklet accompanying the series was published, written by Robert Cushman.
Reviews
On Burton’s performance see David Wade, ‘Voices’, Radio Times, 19 February 1977, p. 10.
On a review of the first 6 episodes and Martin Jenkins’s view of the production see Wilfred De’ Ath’s ‘Kings complex’ in Radio Times, 26 March-1 April 1977, p. 66.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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