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The First Part of Henry the Sixth (1983)

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France, young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

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Jane Howell

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Benfield ... Basset / French Sergeant
Peter Benson ... King Henry VI
Brenda Blethyn ... Joan La Pucelle
Antony Brown ... Duke of Burgundy (as Anthony Brown)
David Burke ... Duke of Gloucester
Michael Byrne ... Duke of Alencon
Paul Chapman Paul Chapman ... Earl of Suffolk
Ron Cook ... Third Messinger to the King / Countess' Porter
Arthur Cox ... Mayor of London / Sir John Fastolfe
David Daker ... Reignier, Duke of Anjou / Vernon
Brian Deacon ... Earl of Somerset
Tenniel Evans ... Duke of Bedford / Mortimer, Earl of March / French General
Derek Farr ... Earl of Salisbury / Sir William Lucy
Julia Foster ... Margaret, Daughter of Reignier
Derek Fuke Derek Fuke ... Talbot's Captain / Gloucester's Servant
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Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France, young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are other claimants to the throne, Plantagenet of York and Somerset of Lancaster, whose factions will ultimately cause the Wars of the Roses. Ignorant of the schisms, Henry tries to unite them in the Hundred Years' War, capturing Joan of Arc, before he marries Margaret of Anjou to unite England and France. However, there is no dowry, angering the court. Margaret finds the pious Henry a dull husband and embarks upon an affair with Somerset as well as crossing Gloucester's wife Eleanor. When Gloucester is arrested for alleged treason because of Eleanor, Henry is too feeble to prevent his death or the country slipping into civil war.

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2 January 1983 (UK) See more »

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

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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of II. Richárd (1976) See more »

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Great play, craptastic directorial concept
14 January 2008 | by tosha-2See 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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