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The Wars of the Roses 

The entire cycle of Shakespeare's history plays performed by the English Shakespeare Company
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Ben Bazell Ben Bazell ...  Earl of Westmorland / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Roger Booth ...  Earl of Northumberland / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ...  Montjoy / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Paul Brennen Paul Brennen ...  King Henry VI / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Ian Burford Ian Burford ...  Duke of Exeter / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ...  Earl of Warwick / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Charles Dale Charles Dale ...  Poins / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
John Darrell John Darrell ...  Lord Rivers / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
John Dougall John Dougall ...  Prince John of Lancaster / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ...  Bardolph / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Michael Fenner Michael Fenner ...  Earl of Oxford / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Andrew Jarvis Andrew Jarvis ...  Hotspur / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Ann Penfold Ann Penfold ...  Lady Percy / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Michael Pennington ...  Duke of Buckingham / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Clyde Pollitt Clyde Pollitt ...  Bishop of Winchester / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Sion Probert Sion Probert ...  Duke of Somerset / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Barry Stanton ...  Duke of York / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ...  Lord Chief Justice / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
John Tramper John Tramper ...  Boy / ... 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Jack Carr Jack Carr ...  Duke of Burgundy / ... 6 episodes, 1990-1991
Stephen Jameson Stephen Jameson ...  Duke of Clarence / ... 6 episodes, 1990-1991
June Watson ...  Mistress Quickly / ... 6 episodes, 1990-1991
Jennifer Konko Jennifer Konko ...  Lady / ... 5 episodes, 1990-1991
Francesca Ryan Francesca Ryan ...  Doll Tearsheet / ... 5 episodes, 1990-1991
Phil Rees Phil Rees ...  Berkely / ... 4 episodes, 1991
Simon Elliott Simon Elliott ...  Travers / ... 3 episodes, 1990-1991
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The entire cycle of Shakespeare's history plays performed by the English Shakespeare Company

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11 May 1989 (UK) See more »

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Henry VI, a Plantagenet commissioned schools for the underprivileged but Cromwell closed some of them down over rumors of degeneracy. See more »

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Remake of The Wars of the Roses (1965) See more »

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The most memorable productions of any plays I have ever seen
20 March 2013 | by HenryVIISee all my reviews

I watched this entire cycle of seven plays at the Old Vic in London in February 1989 over one weekend - the same production was subsequently filmed and released as VHS video tapes in 1990 which would be where the TV series came from - and the fact that I am writing this review 24 years later is testament to the almost overwhelming nature of the experience, a truly, truly wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime production of these plays by a very experienced team. The cycle begins with Richard II, followed by Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V, Henry VI (Lancaster), Henry VI (York) (the three original parts of Henry VI were adapted into these two plays) and finally Richard III. If you are serious about Shakespeare performance you will appreciate them, if you can get hold of them. And if you do, get in some ready meals and set aside a weekend.


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