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Edward Petherbridge ...
Gower
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Mike Gwilym ...
Robert Ashby ...
Thaliard, Fifth Knight
John Bardon ...
Lord of Tyre, Fisherman of Pentapolis, Storm Sailor
Peter Gordon ...
Lord of Tyre, Pirate
Iain Mitchell ...
Lord of Tyre, Pirate
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Helicanus
Toby Salaman ...
Escanes, Pandar
Norman Rodway ...
Cleon of Tarsus
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Dionyza
Christopher Saul ...
Lord of Tarsus, Fourth Knight
Gordon Gostelow ...
Fisherman of Pentapolis
Richard Derrington ...
Fisherman of Pentapolis, Gentleman of Ephesus
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When Pericles discovers the dread answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine, shipwreck, love, fatherhood, and another shipwreck; he loses his wife and daughter, and doesn't find them again until the story moves us through resurrection, attempted murder, pirates, prostitution, and divine revelation. Written by Kathy Li

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Pericles, Prince of Tyre  »

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One of Shakespeare's late romances--a difficult play to perform
23 September 2015 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1984) (TV) (The BBC version) was directed by David Hugh Jones. It stars Mike Gwilym in the title role, and Amanda Redman as his daughter Marina.

Pericles is one of four major plays that Shakespeare wrote at the end of his career. They are generally referred to as "Late Romances" or just "Romances." That's because they don't fit into any of the other standard classifications of Shakespeare's plays--tragedies, comedies, and histories. As a group, they share many qualities, such as shipwrecks or other dramatic events, and relationships between fathers and daughters. Frequently, the plot has a redemptive quality, and includes the reuniting of long-separated family members. The Romances often end in weddings--like the comedies--but before the weddings there are truly tragic events, comparable to those in the tragedies. Pericles fits this pattern very well.

In this version, as with all the BBC Shakespeare movies, we are given great performances by superb actors. We also see excellent costumes. The BBC often skimps on sets, but not so in Pericles. The sets are elegant, and this is no easy feat because Pericles moves--or is forced to move--from ancient city to ancient city throughout the play.

I highly recommend this movie, because it is well acted and very faithful to Shakespeare's text. We saw Pericles in 2015 in Stratford, Ontario. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival almost always does a fine job, and they did a fine job with Pericles. I've seen many of the BBC Shakespeare movies, and I can say that the BBC almost does a fine job, and they certainly gave us an outstanding version of Pericles.

The BBC movies were made for television, so they'll work fine on the small screen. If you love Shakespeare, seek out this film.


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