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An age of kings : a cycle of the history plays of William Shakespeare

Author: Peter DewsMichael HayesEric CrozierDavid WilliamTom FlemingAll authors
Publisher: [London] : 2/entertain : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Bros. Video, [2009]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When An Age of Kings was first broadcast, it was the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television. Its fifteen parts encompassed Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, Henry V, all three parts of Henry VI and Richard III, effectively presenting a chronological history of British royalty from 1377 to 1485. An Age of Kings' adapter Eric Crozier cut the text into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Historical television programs
Television adaptations
Television mini-series
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Television
Drama
Film adaptations
History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Richard, King of England; Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Richard, King of England; Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Henry, King of England; Richard, King of England; Richard, King of England; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Dews; Michael Hayes; Eric Crozier; David William; Tom Fleming; Sean Connery; Robert Hardy; Frank Pettingell; Judi Dench; Eileen Atkins; Terry Scully; Paul Daneman; Hermione Baddeley; Julian Glover; Mary Morris; Christopher Whelen; Arthur Bliss; Lionel Salter; William Shakespeare; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.; British Broadcasting Corporation.; 2 Entertain (Firm); BBC Video (Firm); Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 1419879014 9781419879012
OCLC Number: 317618613
Language Note: In English with optional English SDH subtitles.
Notes: Originally broadcast as a BBC mini-series in 15 episodes in 1960.
Based on the plays of William Shakespeare.
At head of title on menu screen: pt. 1-2: Richard II; pt. 3-6: Henry IV; pt. 7-8: Henry V; pt. 9-13: Henry VI; pt. 14-15: Richard III.
Credits: Music composed and conducted by Christopher Whelen ; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble ; title music composed by Arthur Bliss ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ; Lionel Salter, conductor.
Cast: David William (Richard II), Tom Fleming (Henry IV), Sean Connery (Hotspur), Robert Hardy (Henry V), Frank Pettingell (Falstaff), Judi Dench (Katherine of France), Terry Scully (Henry VI), Eileen Atkins (Joan la Pucelle), Julian Glover (Edward VI), Paul Daneman (Richard III), Mary Morris, Geoffrey Bayldon, George A. Cooper, Hermione Baddeley, Angela Baddeley, Gordon Gostelow, Robert Lang, Patrick Garland, Edgar Wreford, John Greenwood, Esmond Knight, Juliet Cooke, Patricia Hereghan, David Andrews, William Squire, Frank Windsor, Jerome Willis, John Ringham, Alan Rowe, Violet Carson, Jill Dixon.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 5 videodiscs (ca. 947 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC; Dolby digital.
Contents: Disc 1. pt. 1. The Hollow crown (ca. 60 min.); pt. 2. The Deposing of a king (ca. 60 min.); pt. 3. Rebellion from the north (ca. 77 min.) --
Disc 2. pt. 4. The Road to Shrewsbury (ca. 71 min.) ; pt. 5. The New conspiracy (ca. 59 min.); pt. 6. Uneasy lies the head (ca. 75 min.) --
Disc 3. pt. 7. Signs of war (ca. 60 min.); pt. 8. The Band of brothers (ca. 57 min.); pt. 9. The Red rose and the white (ca. 60 min.) --
Disc 4. pt. 10. The Fall of the protector (ca. 60 min.) ; pt. 11. The Rabble from Kent (ca. 58 min.); pt. 12. The Morning's war (ca. 59 min.) --
Disc 5. pt. 13. The Sun in splendour (ca. 57 min.); pt. 14. The Dangerous brother (ca. 59 min.); pt. 15. The Boar hunt (ca. 74 min.).
Other Titles: Age of kings (Television program)
Cycle of the history plays of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's an age of kings
Responsibility: script editor, Eric Crozier ; directed by Michael Hayes ; produced by Peter Dews ; BBC TV.

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"When An Age of Kings was first broadcast, it was the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television. Its fifteen parts encompassed Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, Henry V, all three parts of Henry VI and Richard III, effectively presenting a chronological history of British royalty from 1377 to 1485. An Age of Kings' adapter Eric Crozier cut the text into schedule-friendly 60 and 75 minute episodes. These mostly comprised half a complete play, though Henry VI Part I was reduced to a single hour-long episode."--British FiIm Institute.

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