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Wars of the Roses, The

Synopsis
The RSC’s landmark production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and Richard III. Adapted and directed for the stage by Peter Hall and John Barton, The Wars of the Roses was acknowledged on its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1963 as one of defining Shakespeare productions of the post-war years. The drama is presented here in its original form, as three plays first broadcast in 1965 and unseen since then. Recently digitally restored, the trilogy can now be recognised as one of the greatest achievements of the Royal Shakespeare Company and of British television in the 1960s. Extras include a 20-minute film, MAKING THE WARS OF THE ROSES which features interviews with original cast members David Warner and Janet Suzman.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of release
2016
Duration
505 (inl. extras)

Credits

Director
John Barton; Peter Hall; Robin Midgley
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Production Design
John Bury
Adaptor for Television
John Barton
Cast
Roy DotriceKing Edward IV
Peggy AshcroftQueen Margaret
Janet SuzmanJoan la Pucelle

Additional Details

Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3; Richard III
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Barton/Hall Wars of the Roses Adaptation

Notes

Notes
For details of all cast members see the entries for the three episodes as broadcast which have been catalogued individually under the titles HENRY VI, EDWARD IV, RICHARD III under the series title The Wars of the Roses.

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
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