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Henry VI

Synopsis
The Henry VI trilogy abridged and produced by Raymond Raikes and broadcast in two parts. Part 2. 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
14 Mar 1971 at 19:30 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
125 (incl. interval)
Availability
No archive copy known (2/2008).

Credits

Producer
Raymond Raikes
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Stephen Dodgson
Contributor
Rae Jenkins
Cast
Nigel LambertKing Henry VI
Barbara JeffordQueen Margaret
Ian McKellenRichard (Crookback), son of Duke of York
Clifford NorgateEarl of Warwick
Antony HigginsonMessenger
Brian HewlettHumphrey (Keeper)
Brian HewlettSmith the Weaver
Denise BryerLady Elizabeth Gray
Douglas BlackwellDick the Butcher
Douglas BlackwellKing Louis
Ian McKellenRichard Plantagenet, Duke of York
John ForrestGeorge, Edward’s brother, later Duke of Clarence
John ForrestMichael
Kerry FrancisLord Clifford
Martin FriendPost
Peter TuddenhamMayor of York
Peter TuddenhamEmmanuel, the Clerk of Chatham
Richard GriffithsEdward, Earl of March, later Edward IV
Sean ArnoldLieutenant
Sean ArnoldSinklo (Keeper)
Trevor MartinJack Cade

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3
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 (accessed 7/2008).
History
Broadcast with a 10-minute interval at 8.30 p. m. approximately.
Part 1 was broadcast on 7 March 1971 (see separate entry). The broadcast of Part 2 was repeated 6 June 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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