A filmed theatre production of four of Shakespeare's historical plays condensed down into a trilogy.
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 King Henry VI (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Margaret / ... (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Donald Burton ...
 Exeter / ... (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Tucker ...
 Prince Edward (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brewster Mason ...
 Warwick (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Clarence / ... (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 King Edward IV / ... (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Hargreaves ...
 Norfolk / ... (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Richard / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Normington ...
 Young Clifford / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 Buckingham / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Roger Jones ...
 2nd Citizen / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Philip Brack ...
 Somerset / ... (5 episodes, 1965)
Hugh Sullivan ...
 Burgundy / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Marshall Jones ...
 Smith / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Boden ...
 Messenger / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Geddis ...
 Alençon / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Maurice Jones ...
 Oxford (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
William Dysart ...
 1st Murderer / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
Gavin Morrison ...
 1st Lancastrian soldier / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
John Corvin ...
 Lord Clifford / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
Jeffery Dench ...
 Sir Humphrey Stafford / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Susan Engel ...
 Lady Elizabeth Grey / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Tim Wylton ...
 Michael / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Hussey ...
 King Lewis XI / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
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 1st Citizen / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
David Rowlands ...
 3rd Watch / ... (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Fergus McClelland ...
 Rutland / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
Lee Menzies ...
 Richmond (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Madoline Thomas ...
 Duchess of York / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
Ted Valentine ...
 Lieutenant to the Tower / ... (4 episodes, 1965)
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 Plantagenet / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
David Waller ...
 A Father that has killed his Son / ... (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Donald Layne-Smith ...
 Lord Say / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Derek Waring ...
 Rivers (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Malcolm Webster ...
 Alexander Iden / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Andrew Lodge ...
 Messenger to the Council / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Guy Gordon ...
 Lancastrian messenger / ... (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Colette O'Neil ...
 Eleanor / ... (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Stephen Hancock ...
 Clerk of Chatham / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Murray Brown ...
 2nd Messenger / ... (3 episodes, 1965)
Jessica Claridge
(3 episodes, 1965)
Elisabeth Croft
(3 episodes, 1965)
David Ellison ...
 1st Messenger (3 episodes, 1965)
Carl Forgione
(3 episodes, 1965)
James Garrett
(3 episodes, 1965)
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 Messenger to the Council (3 episodes, 1965)
David Lyn
(3 episodes, 1965)
John Malcolm
(3 episodes, 1965)
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 Vernon (3 episodes, 1965)
Derek Oldfield
(3 episodes, 1965)
(3 episodes, 1965)
David Quilter
(3 episodes, 1965)
Chris Williams
(3 episodes, 1965)
Nicholas Selby ...
 Winchester (2 episodes, 1965)
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 Joan la Pucelle / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
Katherine Barker ...
 Princess Elizabeth (2 episodes, 1965)
Bruce Condell ...
 Un-named parts (2 episodes, 1965)
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
 Lawyer (2 episodes, 1965)
Peter Gale ...
 John Talbot (2 episodes, 1965)
Sheila Grant ...
 Simpcox's wife (2 episodes, 1965)
Terence Greenidge ...
 2nd Citizen (2 episodes, 1965)
Paul Martin ...
 Richard (2 episodes, 1965)
David Morton ...
 Messenger from Lord Derby (2 episodes, 1965)
Michael Sarson
(2 episodes, 1965)
Deborah Stanford
(2 episodes, 1965)
Charles Thomas ...
 Catesby / ... (2 episodes, 1965)
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Chronicle of the dysfunctional Plantagenet family from the accession of the young Henry to the death of Richard,last of the Plantagenets. The vacillations of the priestly Henry lead to ungentlemanly behaviour, civil war, treason, murder, regicide, fratricide, and the relentless pursuit of power so characteristic of the Renaissance. Written by Chris -1119 <chris@centuryman.demon.co.uk>

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Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London; there are memorial statues of him in schools he founded. See more »

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Unforgettable performances in Peter Hall's "War of the Roses" cycle.
12 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

David Warner and Dame Peggy Ashcroft are mesmerising as, respectively, King Henry VI, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, the She-Wolf of France in Peter Hall's legendary production of Shakespeare's cycle of plays about The Wars of the Roses.

Warner gives a performance that is indescribably sad as the saintly, depressed and mad king, (Shakespeare puts pearls of poetry into the mouth of a man who was effectively an imbecile) and equally, if not more memorable, is Ashcroft's depiction of the way Margaret descends from a figure of courage and steadfastness, into a monster of vengeance and terrifying cruelty. The brilliant decision of Ashcroft to give her Margaret a stutter adds tremendous poignancy to the character.

I haven't seen this monumental production of the complete Wars of the Roses cycle for many years ... it still haunts my memory, and I would give anything to see it again.


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