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The First Part of King Henry VI (1983)

The First Part of Henry the Sixth (original title)
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Peter Aldwyn ...
John Alford ...
Master Gunner's Boy
Sean Bartley ...
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Basset / French Sergeant
Peter Benson ...
Brian Binns ...
Gerald Blackmore ...
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Stephen Brigden ...
Antony Brown ...
Duke of Burgundy (as Anthony Brown)
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Paul Chapman ...
Earl of Suffolk
Michael Cogan ...
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Third Messinger to the King / Countess' Porter
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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One  »

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The "anti-illusionist" set was also used as a means of political commentary; as the four plays progressed, the set decayed and became more and more dilapidated as social order becomes more fractious. In the same vein, the costumes become more and more monotone as the four plays move on - The First Part of Henry the Sixt features brightly coloured costumes which clearly distinguish the various combatants from one another, but by Richard III (1983), everyone fights in similarly coloured dark costumes, with little to differentiate one army from another. See more »

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Version of The Wars of the Roses (1965) See more »

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Doesn't get much better than this
22 November 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Absolutely hooked, a real page-turner. Each scene is a gem and I really can't see how anyone could portray Henry VI better than Peter Benson. Your heart just aches for him. Brenda Blethyn is also excellent as a cunning Joan of Arc (and her accent is a Yorkshire one - not Cockney as a previous poster has claimed). The reason for this - I assume - is to portray her humble origins to an English audience. Her fight scene with Trevor Peacock's Talbot had me rolling in the aisles, " I'll chastise this high-minded strumpet!" I also like the simple set, which makes the complex story easier to follow. Better than Footballers'Wives as far as mass market entertainment goes.


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