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Henry VI

Synopsis
The Henry VI trilogy abridged and produced by Raymond Raikes and broadcast in two parts. Part 1. Nigel Lambert is King Henry. Ian McKellen plays both Richard, Duke of York and his son, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. The original stage directions are read by Gabriel Woolf and the music is played by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rae Jenkins.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
7 Mar 1971 at 18:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
270 (incl. interval)
Availability
No archive copy found (2/2008)

Credits

Producer
Raymond Raikes
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Stephen Dodgson
Contributor
Rae Jenkins
Cast
Nigel LambertKing Henry VI
Barbara JeffordQueen Margaret
John GabrielDuke of Gloucester
Francis de WolffSir John Talbot, later Earl of Shrewsbury
Leslie HeritageDuke of Suffolk (William de la Pole)
Antony HigginsonMessenger
Basil LangtonSir Humphrey Stafford
Brian HewlettSmith the Weaver
Clifford NorgateEarl of Warwick
Daniel RoseEdward, Prince of Wales
David VallaMaster Gunner
Denise BryerWitch
Douglas BlackwellDick the Butcher
Edward KelseyCaptain to Lord Talbot (Captain)
Edward KelseyShepherd
Gabriel WoolfReader
Gerald CrossConjurer
Gerald CrossDuke of Burgundy
Gladys SpenserEleanor, Duchess of Gloucester
Hector RossEarl of Salisbury
Hector RossWalter Whitmore
Ian McKellenRichard Plantagenet, Duke of York
James ThomasonMayor of London
John ForrestMichael
John RyeSir William Lucy
Kerry FrancisReignier, Duke of Anjou
Kerry FrancisLord Clifford
Marjorie WestburyCountess of Auvergne
Martin FriendAlexander Iden
Norman ShelleyCardinal Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester
Patrick TullBastard of Orléans
Peter TuddenhamEmmanuel, the Clerk of Chatham
Richard GriffithsEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Sean BarrettMaster’s mate
Trevor MartinJack Cade
Trevor MartinDuke of Alençon

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
An audio clip from the production (Part I, Act II iv), credited to Gordon Holmes, is available on Ian McKellen’s website www.mckellen.com (accessed 11/2008).
History
Broadcast with an interval at 7.50 pm approximately.
Part 2 was broadcast on 14 March 1971 (see separate entry). The broadcast of Part I was repeated 30 May 1971.
Textual information
Some lines written for Somerset, Vernon and ‘another lawyer’ have been merged into the parts of Suffolk, Warwick and Richard Plantagenet.
Reviews
In his review for The Times David Wade writes: "... Mr. Raikes has successfuly laid bare the main paths of the action. In the process he has had to dispense with a fair number of Dukes... . They are hardly missed and besides this is the only way to cope with such a profusion on radio" (13 March 1971, p. 18).

Source: Radio Times, The Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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