A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.
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Frank Windsor ...
 Earl of Warwick / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
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 Earl of Westmoreland / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Patrick Garland ...
 John, Duke of Bedford / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
John Ringham ...
 Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Terence Lodge ...
 Duke of Exeter / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Anthony Valentine ...
 Marquess of Dorset / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
John Greenwood ...
 Messenger / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
David Andrews ...
 Lord Hastings / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Edgar Wreford ...
 Archbishop of York / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Alan Rowe ...
 Duke of Somerset / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Leon Shepperdson ...
 Lord Grey / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Jerome Willis ...
 Duke of Orleans / ... (14 episodes, 1960)
Kenneth Farrington ...
 Captain Fluellen / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Robert Lang ...
 Lord Hastings / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Terry Wale ...
 Court / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Timothy Harley ...
 Boy / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Jeremy Bisley ...
 Captain Gower / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Derek Ware ...
 Gabriel, a servant to York / ... (13 episodes, 1960)
Terry Scully ...
 King Henry VI / ... (11 episodes, 1960)
John Murray Scott ...
 Messenger / ... (11 episodes, 1960)
Gordon Gostelow ...
 Bardolph / ... (10 episodes, 1960)
John Warner ...
 Lewis, the Dauphin / ... (8 episodes, 1960)
Tony Garnett ...
 A Post / ... (8 episodes, 1960)
Noel Johnson ...
 Duke of Exeter / ... (7 episodes, 1960)
George A. Cooper ...
 Earl of Northumberland / ... (7 episodes, 1960)
Adrian Brine ...
 Duke of Bourbon / ... (7 episodes, 1960)
Brian Smith ...
 Poins / ... (7 episodes, 1960)
Michael Graham Cox ...
 Captain Macmorris / ... (7 episodes, 1960)
Mary Morris ...
 Margaret, Queen to King Henry / ... (6 episodes, 1960)
Jack May ...
 Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby / ... (6 episodes, 1960)
...
 Henry, Prince of Wales / ... (6 episodes, 1960)
Jeffry Wickham ...
 Alexander Iden, a Kentish Gentleman / ... (6 episodes, 1960)
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
 Edmund of Langley, Duke of York / ... (6 episodes, 1960)
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A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.

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28 April 1960 (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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Absolutely the best PBS presentation ever!
28 November 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It was so very long ago (1960), but I have never forgotten this series and often wished it would reappear. So taken with it, I corresponded with Mr. Rathbun, then president of Standard Oil, which sponsored the presentation on PBS. He sent me a photo of the tapestry (actually a charcoal rendering) used behind the credits.

To the opening theme music of Bayco's "Elizabethan Masque," my family and I gathered around our black & white TV to drink in Shakespeare's words as spoken by a group of excellent but relatively unknown players (at least to American audiences at the time).

We were introduced to such actors as Sean Connery, Dame Judi Dench, Tom Fleming, Patrick Garland, Julian Glover and Robert Hardy. I have continued to enjoy their accomplishments ever since. One of the most interesting things was the way in which the actors continued to age in their respective roles as Shakespeare's "King" plays were presented, perhaps for the first time, in chronological order.

I wish I could tell those actors just how much that series meant to me.

If "Age of Kings" could be revived on VHS and/or DVD, it would so please those of us who long to see it again and those who missed it the first time around.

GOOD NEWS! PBS HAS JUST ISSUED A DVD OF "AN AGE OF KINGS"! SEE THEIR JULY 2009 CATALOG, PAGE 19, OR CALL THEM TOLL FREE. I JUST ORDERED MINE!


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