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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 ...
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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2 January 1983 (UK)  »

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One  »

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Inspired by the notion that the political intrigues behind the Wars of the Roses often seemed like playground squabbles, Jane Howell and production designer Oliver Bayldon staged the four plays in a single set resembling a children's adventure playground. However, little attempt was made at realism. For example, Bayldon did not disguise the parquet flooring ("it stops the set from literally representing [...] it reminds us we are in a modern television studio"[158]), and in all four productions, the title of the play is displayed within the set itself (on banners in The First Part and The Second Part (where it is visible throughout the entire first scene), on a shroud in The Third Part, and written on a chalkboard by Richard himself in The Tragedy of Richard III). Many critics felt these set design choices lent the production an air of Brechtian verfremdungseffekt. See more »

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Version of An Age of Kings (1960) See more »

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Great play, craptastic directorial concept
14 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shakespeare is always great (even Titus Andronicus is great).

This version -- or rather, this imagining -- of Shakespeare is horrid, however. It's embarrassingly low-rent. For what should have been filmed as "the definitive productions of Shakespeare," the first tetralogy are pathetically presented in a horrid avant-garde style that may have worked on a short-run on stage, but filmed for all time just make one embarrassed that this was the best they could do.

Fie, FIE, Aunty Beeb, and fie on the director and set designer and costume designer.

It makes me weep that THIS is what they did.


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