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Age of Kings, An

Alternative title
Shakespeare’s an Age of Kings
Synopsis
5-disc DVD box set of the fifteen-part BBC series comprising Shakespeare’s history plays from Richard II to Richard III (the two tetralogies). The Illuminations release also features THE MAKING OF AN AGE OF KINGS, which comprises an interview with Tony Garnett filmed at Riverside Studios where the series was originally broadcast live. He recalls his experiences on this ground-breaking project and reflects on the challenges of making one of the most ambitious Shakespeare projects ever filmed.

Also included in the DVD pack is a 24 page booklet giving background information and critical writing about the production.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of release
2013
Duration
900 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Hayes
Producer
Peter Dews
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Art Direction
Stanley Morris

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Henry V; Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3; Richard II; Richard III
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Eternity of Kings, An

Notes

General
As Michael Brooke notes, this production was "the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television." Each episode involved expenses of £4.000 and a cast of 600. The rehearsal period took thirty weeks.
History
Released 31 March 2009 in the USA, December 2013 in the UK. For original transmission dates of individual broadcast episodes see separate entries which also give full cast details.
Awards
Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Excellence in Directing (Peter Dews)

1962 The George Foster Peabody Award
Reviews
Michael Brooke, "Age of Kings, An (1960)", http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527213/index.html. John Wyver. ‘Return of the Kings’ (Viewfinder, no. 94, March 2014).

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8NU
Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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