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King Henry the Fourth

Synopsis
Fifth episode in an 8-part radio serialisation of Shakespeare’s two parts of King Henry IV. Arranged for broadcasting by Robert Gittings. With Ralph Richardson as Falstaff and Laurence Olivier as narrator. Produced by John Burrell with incidental music composed and conducted by Herbert Menges.
Series
King Henry the Fourth
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
28 Jun 1945 at 21:45 (Channel: BBC Home Service)
Duration
45 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
John Burrell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Herbert Menges
Adaptor for Radio
Robert Gittings
Cast
Ralph RichardsonSir John Falstaff
Sybil ThorndikeMistress Quickly
Charles LenoMan
Diana MaddoxPage
Diana MaddoxThird Girl
George RoseSnare
Harcourt WilliamsLord Bardolph
Humphrey HeathcoteGower
Humphrey HeathcoteLord Mowbray
John RaeHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Joyce RedmanFirst Girl
Laurence OlivierSir Piers Exton
Margaret LeightonSecond Girl
Mark DignamLord Chief Justice
Michael HitchmanScroop, Archbishop of York
Michael RaghanTravers
Sidney TaflerLord Hastings
Sybil ThorndikeRumour, the presenter
Weyman MackayFang

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Laurence Olivier acts as Sir Pierce of Exton, the narrator, or chronicler, for the broadcast episodes. A character borrowed from Richard II, he is a "man in retirement ... - he is a sardonic and personal commentator on all the events of the reign" (Robert Gittings, ‘Shakespeare Serialised’, Radio Times, 4 May 1945).
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
Reviews
Source: Radio Times
Robert Gittings introduces his adaptation in ‘Shakespeare Serialised’ . According to Gittings, Ralph Richardson as Falstaff "suggests a fatness, of body and spirit, beyond anything that stage-padding could achieve" (Radio Times, 4 May 1945).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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