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John Barton (II) (1928–2018)

John Barton was born on November 26, 1928 in London, England as John Bernard Adie Barton. He was a writer and director, known for The Wars of the Roses (1965), All's Well That Ends Well (1968) and ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969). He was married to Anne Righter. He died on January 18, 2018 in London. See full bio »


(age 89) in London, England, UK

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 1991 The War That Never Ends (TV Movie)
 1984 Morte d'Arthur (TV Movie) (adaptation)
 1982 Playing Shakespeare (TV Mini-Series documentary) (written by - 9 episodes)
- Poetry and Hidden Poetry (1982) ... (written by)
- Rehearsing the Text (1982) ... (written by)
- Passion and Coolness (1982) ... (written by)
- Irony and Ambiguity (1982) ... (written by)
- Set Speeches and Soliloquies (1982) ... (written by)
 1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
- Hamlet (1970) ... (adaptation)
  The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 6 episodes, 1966) (writer - 5 episodes, 1965 - 1970)
- The Fearful King (1970) ... (writer)
- The Council Board (1970) ... (writer)
- Henry Tudor (1966) ... (adaptation)
- Richard the King (1966) ... (adaptation)
- Richard of Gloucester (1966) ... (adaptation)
 1968 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie) (adapted for television by)
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 1965-1970 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series) (5 episodes)
- The Fearful King (1970)
- The Inheritance (1965)
 1968 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie) (director: for the Royal Shakespeare Company)
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 1984 Morte d'Arthur (TV Movie)
Sir Thomas Malory
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 2017 Sir Peter Hall Remembered (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Theatre Director & founder member of the RSC
 2015 Shakespeare in Practice: Muse of Fire (Documentary)
 2003 The Shakespeare Sessions (Documentary)
 1986 The Story of English (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- A Muse of Fire (1986) ... Himself
 1982 Playing Shakespeare (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Poetry and Hidden Poetry (1982) ... Himself
- Rehearsing the Text (1982) ... Himself
- Passion and Coolness (1982) ... Himself
- Irony and Ambiguity (1982) ... Himself
- Set Speeches and Soliloquies (1982) ... Himself
 1979 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary)
 1971 Shakespeare's Island (TV Movie documentary)

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He directed William Shakespeare's play, "Love's Labour's Lost", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Ian Charleson, Oliver Ford Davies, Jane Lapotaire, Ruby Wax and David Suchet in the cast. See more »

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Co-founder with Peter Hall of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, he was a director, author and teacher famous for example for his television series Playing Shakespeare. His wife was the Shakespeare scholar and author born BarbaraAnn Roesen in New York on 9 May 1933. See more »

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