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The complete trilogy – as staged over the years by Terry Hands, Michael Bogdanov and Michael Boyd – made a lasting impression on Michael Billington. Which are your favourite versions? 

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Hampton-Reeves, Stuart and Carol Chillington Rutter. Shakespeare in Performance - the Henry VI PlaysManchester: Manchester UP, 2006.

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2010s

HENRY VI (FESTIVAL D'AVIGNON, FRANCE, 2014)

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Directed by Thomas Jolly.

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Produced by La Piccola Familia, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, at Festival d'Avignon La Fabrica, Avignon, beginning 21 July 2014.

Translated into French by Line Cottegnies. Alexandre Dain, assistant director. Julie Lerat-Gersant, dramaturg. Costumes by Sylvette Desquet and Marie Bramsen; lighting by Léry Chédemail, Antoine Travert, and T. Jolly; and music by Clément Mirguet.

With Line Cottegnies, Alexandre Dain, Julie Lerat-Gersant, Sylvette Desquet, Marie Bramsen, Léry Chédemail, Antoine Travert, and Clément Mirguet.

HENRY VI: HARRY THE SIXTH (SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE, LONDON, 2013)

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Godwin, Laura Grace. 'Harry the Sixth by Shakespeare's Globe, and: The Houses of York and Lancaster by Shakespeare's Globe, and: The True Tragedy of the Duke of York by Shakespeare's Globe.' Shakespeare Bulletin. 32:3 (Fall 2014): 487-97.

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Archival Footage ($$)

Directed by Nick Bagnall.

Designed by Ti Green; Sound composed by Alex Baranowski. Produced by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at the Globe Theatre, Bankside, London, beginning 23 July 2013; and on tour.

With Graham Butler (King Henry VI), Garry Cooper (Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester), Mary Doherty (Queen Margaret), Roger Evans (Suffolk/Cade), Mike Grady (Winchester), Simon Harrison (Richard/Dauphin), David Hartley (Young Clifford/Somerset), Nigel Hastings (Bedford/Burgundy, Mortimer/Dick the Butcher), Joe Jameson (Talbot/Rutland), Patrick Myles (Earl of March/Edward IV), Brendan O'Hea (York/Lewis XI), Gareth Pierce (Reignier/Clarence), Beatriz Romilly (Joan of Arc/Eleanor/Lady Grey), and Andrew Sheridan (Warwick/Talbot).

1 HENRI SESTI (NATIONAL THEATRE OF BELGRADE, WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 2012)

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Directed by Nikita Milivojevic

Produced by the National Theatre of Belgrade at the World Shakespeare Festival, Globe to Globe, Globe Theatre, Bankside, London, 11-13 May 2012.

With Hadzi Nenad Maricic (Henry VI), Pavle Jerinic (Vernon), Bojan Krivokapic (Basset), Jelena Dulvezan (Joan), Aleksander Sreckovic (Dauphin), and Slobodan Bestic (Richard Plantagenet).

1 HENRY VI (ROSE THEATRE, LONDON, 2011)

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Review

Directed by Bronagh Lagan.

Produced at The Rose Theatre, Bankside, London, 6-29 May 2011.

With Isaac Jones (Henry VI), Ben Higgins (John Talbot), Oliver Lavery (Gloucester), Morgan Thomas (Cardinal), James Clifford (Somerset), Steven Clarke (Richard Plantagenet), Suzanne Marie (Joan), David Vaughan-Knight (Dauphin/Mortimer), and Amy Barnes (Countess of Auvergne).

HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES (BARD ON THE BEACH, VANCOUVER, 2011)

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Production Website

Interview with Director

Directed by Christopher Weddell.

Sets by Pam Johnson, costumes by Sheila White, lighting by Adrian Muir, and music by Patrick Pennefather.

Produced by Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at the Studio Stage, Vanier Park, Vancouver, 7 July-21 September 2011.

With Josue Laboucane (Henry VI), Melissa Dionisio (Joan), Benjamin Elliott (Burgundy/Roger Bolingbroke), Craig Erickson (Suffolk/Clarence), Linda Quibell (Queen Margaret), Scott Bellis (Richard Plantagenet/Buckingham), Mike Stack (Warwick), Dustin Freeland (Rutland/Dick/Bastard), Joel Wirkkunen (Edward IV/Cade/Alençon), Jillian Fargey (Lady Grey/Duchess of Gloucester), Bob Frazer (Richard/Dauphin), Michael Wilkinson (Edward), Nicola Lipman (Exeter/Margery), Gerry Mackay (Gloucester/Clifford), Allan Morgan (Cardinal Beauford), and Kyle Rideout (Somerset/Young Clifford).

1, 2, and 3 HENRY VI (SAITAMA ARTS THEATRE, JAPAN, 2010)

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Director Profile

Directed by Yukio Ninagawa.

Translated into Japanese by Kazuko Matsuoka. Adapted by Shoichiro Kawai.

Produced at Saitama Arts Theatre, Saitama, 11 March-3 April 2010; and at Umeda Arts Theatre, Osaka, 10-17 April 2010.

With Takaya Kamikawa (Henry VI), Shinobu Otake (Joan/Queen Margaret), Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (Suffolk/Clarence), Sousuke Takaoka (Richard), Kotaro Yoshida (Richard Plantagenet), Tetsuro Sagawa (Richard), and Tamiyo Kusakari (Lady Grey)


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2000s

BLOOD ROYAL (SOUTHWEST SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ARIZONA, 2009)

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Education Package

Adapted by Michael Flachmann. Sets by Chris Tubilewicz, costumes by Elena Deida, and lighting by Daniel Davisson.

Produced by Southwest Shakespeare Company at the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, 9-25 September 2010.

With Larry Stone (Henry VI), Jesse James Kamps (Gloucester/Westmoreland/Lewis XI/Burgundy), Jim Coates (Cardinal Beuford/Clifford), Chad Krolczyk (Young Clifford), Slade Hall (Somerset), Nicholas Smith (Buckingham), Eric Schoen (Suffolk), Mike Traylor (Northumberland/Talbot/Roger Bolingbroke), Ryan Janko (Prince of Wales), Lillian Hall (Lady Grey/Margery), Katrina Matusek (Duchess of Gloucester), Randy Messersmith (Richard Plantagenet), Eric Thompson (Clarence/Bastard), Richard Briggs (Edward IV/Hume), Spencer Dooley (Richard/Dauphin), Tristan Forster (Rutland), Robert Lewis Topping (Warwick), Robert Altizer (Salisbury/Reignier/Dick), Ezekiel Hill (Norfolk/Alençon/Cade), Nicholas Smith (Vernon/Mayor of London), Nicole Belit (John Talbot), Andrea Robertson (Joan/Bona), and Lana Buss (Queen Margaret).

THE WAR OF THE ROSES (SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, 2009)

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Cate Blanchett Profile

Review

Directed by Benedict Andrews.

Adapted from 1 and 2 Henry IV, Henry V, 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI, Richard II, and Richard III by Tom Wright and B. Andrews. Sets by Robert Cousins, costumes by Alice Babidge, lighting by Nick Schlieper, and music by Max Lyandvert.

Produced by the Sydney Theatre Company at the Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, Sydney, 14 January-14 February 2009; and at the Perth International Arts Festival, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, 27 February-12 March 2009.

With John Gaden (John of Gaunt/York/Falstaff), Ewen Leslie (Prince Hal/Clarence), Pamela Rabe (Duchess of Gloucester/Richard III), Cate Blanchett (Richard II/Lady Anne), Robert Menzies (Henry IV/Buckingham), Luke Mullins (Hotspur/Kathrarine/Richmond), Brandon Burke (Edward IV), Peter Carroll (Northumberland/Gloucester), Marta Dusseldorp (Queen Margaret), Eden Falk (Henry VI), Steve Le Marquand (Suffolk), Hayley McElhinney (Queen Isabel/Rutland), Amber McMahon (Queen Elizabeth), and Emily Russell (Warwick/Duchess of York).

1, 2, and 3 HENRY VI (NEW NATIONAL THEATRE, TOKYO, 2009)

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Profile

Directed by Hitoshi Uyama.

Produced at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, 27 October-23 November 2009.

With Kenji Urai (Henry VI), Syu Nakajima and Kenichi Okamoto (Richard), Naoyuki Kanno (Exeter), Nobuyuki Katsube (Cardinal), Ryuji Mizuno (Somerset), Toru Watanabe (Richard Plantagenet), Kikuo Kaneuchi and Shozo Uesugi (Warwick), Kunio Murai (Suffolk), Katsumi Kiba (Talbot), Tatsushi Kiyohara (John Talbot), Mizuho Suzuki (Mortimer), Tetsuro Ishibashi (Basset), Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Dauphin), Mitsutaka Tachikawa (Reignier), Issei Maeda (Alençon), Yoshinari Shirozen (Bastard), Tomoko Nakajima (Queen Margaret), Sonim (Joan/Edward), Akiko Kuno (Duchess of Gloucester), Tomohiko Imai (Edward Plantagenet), Shinpei Suzuki (Clifford), Masahiro Asano (Young Clifford), Shunta Fuchino (Humphrey Stafford), Koji Furukawa (William Stafford), Sunao Yoshimura (Simpcox), and Akiko Uchida (Bona).

HENRY VI, PART 1 (AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE THEATER, STAUNTON VIRGINIA, 2009)

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On playing Margaret

10 Things to Know

Part of the 2009 Actors’ Renaissance Season, at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Theater, Staunton, Virginia.

Prompter/Stage Manager: Aaron Hochhalter, Dramaturg: Jacob "Raven" Claflin.

With Alyssa Wilmoth (Henry VI), Benjamin Curns (Gloucester), Rene Thornton Jr., (Bedford, York), Chris Johnston (Duke of Exeter), Thomas Keegan (Winchester, Bastard), Aaron Hochhalter (Somerset), Gregory Jon Phelps (Suffolk, Burgundy), Sarah Fallon (Margaret, Alençon, Countess of Auvergne), Kitty Keim (Basset), Christopher Seiler (Talbot, Mortimer, Shepherd), Sarah Lewis Klingbeil (Warwick), John Harrell (Vernon), Gregory Jon Phelps (Young Talbot), Dawn Rochelle Tucker (Lucy), John Harrell (Dauphin), Miriam Donald (Joan), Chris Johnston (Reignier).

DIE ROSENKRIEGE (BERGTHEATER, AUSTRIA, 2008)

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Production Website

Age Advisory: patrons under 15 banned from Die Rosenkreige (Deutsch)

Directed by Stephan Kimmig.

Translated into German by Albert Ostermaier and Thomas Brasch. Sebastian Fust and Bastian Kraft, assistant directors. Sebastian Huber, dramaturg. Sets by Martin Zehetgruber, costumes by Heide Kastler, lighting by Friedrich Rom, and music by Philipp Haagen.

Produced at the Burgtheater, Vienna, beginning 30 May 2008.

With Regina Fritsch (Gloucester/Bevis/Edward/Richard Plantagenet), Dorothee Hartinger (Holland/Rutland/Lady Gray/Queen Elizabeth), Sabine Haupt (Mrs. Simpcox/Say/Exeter/Lady Anne), Johanna Wokalek (Queen Margaret), Philipp Hauss (Henry VI), Daniel Jesch (Basset/Young Clifford/Grey), Dietmar König (Suffolk/Edward IV), Michael König (Somerset/Stanley), Juergen Maurer (Warwick/Rivers), Johann Adam Oest (Cardinal/Iden/Lewis XI/Hastings), Nicholas Ofczarek (Richard III), Jörg Ratjen (Cade/Bona/Buckingham), Martin Reinke (York/Catesby), Martin Schwab (Gloucester/Smith/Tyrrel), Johannes Terne (Salisbury/First Murderer/Clifford), Tilo Werner (Simpcox/Clarence), and Paul Wolff-Plottegg (Vernon/Northumberland/Morton/Second Murderer).

HENRY VI: BLOOD AND ROSES (SHAKESPEARE THEATRE OF NEW JERSEY, 2007)

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Variety Review

EMLS Critique

Directed by Brian B. Crowe.

Adapted by B.B. Crowe. Abigail Isaac, assistant director. Sets by Michael Schweikardt, costumes by Dane Laffrey, and lighting by S. Ryan Schmidt.

Produced by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at the Main Stage, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Madison, NJ, 13 October-11 November 2007.

With Clark Carmichael (Talbot/Young Clifford), Rufus Collins (Richard Plantagenet/Whitmore), Tristan Colton (Basset/Dick/Edward Plantagenet), David Conrad (Voice of Henry V), Frank Copeland (Exeter/Horner), Jordan Coughtry (Thump/Holland/Clarence), Will Davis (Michael/Montague), Joe Discher (Somerset), Maurine Evans (Lady Grey), Ryan Farley (Henry VI), John Hickok (Gloucester/Clifford), Roderick Lapid (Vernon/Murderer/Rivers), Terence MacSweeny (Mayor of London/Murderer/Southwell/Northumberland/Lewis XI), Daniel Marconi (Edward/Young Henry), Garth McCardle (Lucy/Say), Fletcher McTaggart (Suffolk), William Metzo (Stafford/Cardinal Beuford), Jed Peterson (Roger Bolingbrook), Angela Pierce (Queen Margaret), Tom Robenolt (Buckingham/Governor/Clerk), Patricia Skarbinski (Eleanor/Smith/Lady Bona), Theodore Thurlow (Rutland), Scott Whitehurst (Warwick/Cade), Jo Williamson (Joan/Margery), and Derek Wilson (Hume/Bevis/Richard).

HENRY VI PART A (ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 2007)

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Ortego, James N. 'Alabama Shakespeare Festival's The War of the Roses.' Shakespeare Bulletin. 25:4 (Winter 2007). 113-121.

Directed by Diana Van Fossen.

Susan Willis, dramaturg. Sets and lighting by Paul Wonsek, costumes by Beth Novak, and music by James Conely.

Produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival at the Octagon Theatre, Montgomery, AL, 23 February-16 June 2007.

With Ray Chambers (Bedford), Paul Hopper (Gloucester), Will Pailen (Exeter), Roger Forbes (Cardinal Beuford/Mortimer), Jeffrey Brick (Richard Plantagenet), Marcus Kyd (Suffolk), Mark Allan Jeter (Somerset), Greg Thornton (Warwick), Mark Robinson (Vernon/John Talbot/Simpcox), Nick Lawson (Basset), James Beaman (Earl of Shrewsbury/Hume), Nick Cordileone (Henry VI), Hollis McCarthy (Duchess of Gloucester), Michael Gatto (Roger Bolingbrook/Reignier), Pantea Ommi (Margery), Dana Benningfield (Mrs. Simpcox), Anthony Reimer (Dauphin), Patrick McElwee (Alençon), John-Michael Marrs (Bastard), Adam Richman (Burgundy), Gardner Reed (Joan), and Lise Bruneau (Queen Margaret).

HENRY VI PARTS I, II, and III (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 2006)

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Potter, Lois. 'Speaking With the Dead: the RSC History Cycle, 2007-08'. Shakespeare Quarterly. 60:4 (Winter 2009): 470-80.

Michael Billington gives five stars

Directed by Michael Boyd.

Donnacadh O'Briain, assistant director. Sets and costumes by Tom Piper, lighting by Heather Carson, and music by James Jones and John Woolf.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7 July 2006-17 February 2007; at the Roundhouse, London, 6-24 May 2008; and on tour.

With Nicholas Asbury (Somerset), Keith Bartlett (Talbot), Lex Shrapnel (John Talbot), Richard Cordery (Gloucester), Matt Constain (Burgundy), Julius D'Silva (Lucy), Keith Dunphy (Young Clifford), Paul Hamilton (Iden), Tom Hodgkins (Bedford/Basset), Geoffrey Freshwater (Cardinal), Chuk Iwuji (Henry VI), John Mackay (Dauphin), Forbes Masson (Alençon), Chris McGill (William Stafford), Patrice Naiambana (Warwick), Miles Richardson (Exeter), Jonathan Slinger (Bastard), Katy Stephens (Joan/Queen Margaret), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Mortimer/Suffolk), James Tucker (Reignier), Roger Watkins (Mortimer), Kieran Hill (Mayor of London), Ann Ogbomo (Countess of Auvergne), and Clive Wood (Richard Plantagenet).

THE WARS OF THE ROSES (NORTHERN BROADSIDES, YORKSHIRE, 2006)

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Presented by Northern Broadsides at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. March 24–April 22, 2006. Directed and Adapted by Barrie Rutter. Music by Conrad Nelson. Designed by Jessica Worrall. Lighting by Tim Skelly. 

Dicken Ashworth (Gloucester), Tim Barker (Bedford, Mortimer, Salisbury), Roy North (Exeter, Simpcox), Bernard Merrick (Winchester), Mark Strat- ton (Talbot, Buckingham), Barrie Rutter (York), Phil Corbitt (Warwick), Andrew Cryer (Suffolk), Dave Newman (Somerset), John Gully (Dauphin of France, Lieutenant), Andrew Whitehead (Henry VI), Danny Burns ( John Talbot, Peter), Matt Connor (Messenger, Bolingbroke), Maeve Larkin ( Joan of Arc), Helen Sheals (Queen Margaret). 

THE WARS OF THE ROSES (BELL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, AUSTRALIA, 2005)

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Not a positive review.

Directed by John Bell.

Gavin Robins, assistant director. Sets and costumes by Stephen Curtis, lighting by Peter Neufeld, and music by Phillip Johnston.

Produced by the Bell Shakespeare Company at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 10 March-16 April 2005; and on tour.

With Joe Manning (Henry VI), John Batchelor (Gloucester/Iden/Stafford/ Oxford), Robert Alexander (Exeter), Christopher Stollery (Cardinal Beauford/Cade/Buckingham), Greg Stone (Richard Plantagenet/Rivers), Timothy Walter (Suffolk/Young Clifford/Lewis XI), Matthew Moore (Somerset/Edward), Richard Piper (Warwick), Peter Lamb (Talbot), Darren Gilshenan (Dauphin/Simpcox/Richard), Blazey Best (John Talbot/Queen Margaret), Georgia Adamson (Joan/Duchess of Gloucester/Lady Bona/Rutland), Julian Garner (Bastard/Clarence), David Davies (Edward IV/Alençon), John Turnbull (Clifford/Regnier), and Julia Davis (Burgundy/Lady Grey).

HENRY THE SIXTH PART ONE: TALBOT AND JOAN (OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, ASHLAND, 2003)

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Director's Website.

Review.

Directed by Libby Appel and Scott Kaiser.

David Kennedy, assistant director. Lue Morgan Douthit, dramaturg. Sets by William Bloodgood, costumes by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting by Robert Peterson, and music by Todd Barton.

Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at the New Theatre, Ashland, OR, 31 March-31 October 2004.

With Christofer Jean (Henry VI/Bedford), Mark Murphy (Gloucester), Robert Sicular (Exeter/Reignier), Richard Farrell (Cardinal Beauford/Mortimer), Christopher DuVal (Somerset/Dauphin), Jeff Cummings (Suffolk/Bastard), William Langan (Richard Plantagenet), Armando Durán (Warwick), Jonathan Haugen (John Talbot), Robin Goodrin Nordli (Lucy/Vernon/Queen Margaret), Laura Morache (Basset), Tyler Layton (Joan), and Mark Murphey (Burgundy).

1, 2, AND 3 HENRY VI (JUDITH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, NEW YORK, 2003)

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Directed by Ivanna Cullinnan.

Kristen Harlow and Ross Williams, assistant directors. Joanne Zipay, dramaturg. Sets by I. Cullinan, Lis Macaulay, and J. Zipay; music by Katie Down.

Produced by the Judith Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare Unplugged at Jose Quintero Theatre, New York, New York, 27 March-13 April 2003.

With Suzanne Hayes (Henry VI), Michael Shattner (Queen Margaret/Bastard/Stafford), Susan Ferrara (Salisbury/Richard Plantagenet/Pembroke), Vince Gatton (Suffolk/John Talbot/Woodville/Humphrey Stafford), Lisa Marie Preston (Richard/Hume/Mrs. Simpcox/Stanley), Jason Howard (Earl of Shrewsbury), Miriam Lipner (Vernon/Joan), Carey Van Driest (Young Clifford/Horner/Dick/Stanley), Marie Bridget Dundon (Gloucester/Clerk), John Kinsherf (Cardinal Beaufort), Natasha Yannacañedo (Warwick/Gargrave/Mayor of Saint Albons/Hugh Mortimer), Dacyl Acevedo (Glansdale/Burgundy), Alegria Alcala (Rutland), Laurie Bannister-Colón (Somerset/Simpcox/Whitmore/Smith), Ari Barbanell (Buckingham/Ship Master/Scales), Danny Brink-Washington (Basset/Alençon), Reneé Bucciarelli (Exeter/Tutor/Lady Grey/John Mortimer), Lana Buss (Mortimer/Falstaff/Reignier/Countess of Auvergne), Joseph Capone (Duchess of Gloucester/Iden), Jovinna Chan (Clarence), Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons (Somervile/Norfolk/Lewis XI), Melody Garren (Oxford), Kristen Harlow (Montague/Mayor of York), Mary E. Hodges (Thump/Roger Bolingbroke/Cade), Lynne Kanter (Exeter/Master Gunner), Michelle Kovacs (Dauphin/Governor), Renita Martin (Clifford/Margery/William Safford), Corrie McCrae (Northumberland/Hastings/Bona), Sheila Ostadazim (Somerset/Westmoreland/Montgomery), Alyssa Simon (Edward Plantagenet/Vaux), Hilary Ward (Edward), and Alison White (Bedford/Lucy/Mayor of London/Salisbury/Say).

THE HENRY VI CHRONICLES (SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY, USA, 2002)

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Review

Directed by Jenna Ware.

Edgar Landa, assistant director. Sets by Tom Jaeger; costumes by Lisa Jahn.

Produced by Shakespeare and Company at the Rose Footprint Theatre, Lenox, MA, 21 June-24 August 2002.

With Lauryn E. Sasso (Bedford/ Somerset/Dauphin/Say/Edward), Laura Fusare (Buckingham/Bona), Sam Reiff-Pasarew (Gloucester/Smith), Birgit Huppoch (Exeter/Henry VI), John C. Bailey (Cardinal/Hastings/Clifford), Michelle Silver (Basset/Hume/Lady Grey), Rhydwyn Davies (Bolingbroke/ Dick/Montague), Darren H. Gardiner (Talbot/Horner/Cade/ Oxford), Sean Miller (Warwick/Michael), Sarah Hankins (Queen Margaret), Elizabeth Raetz (Woodville/Duchess of Gloucester/Lieutenant of the Tower/Humphrey Stafford/Tutor/Iden), Brian E. Mason (Mayor of London/ Edward IV), Georgia Adamson (Richard Plantagenet), Katie Atkinson (Vernon/Lucy/Margery/Thump/Vaux/ Richard), Robert Serrell (Suffolk/Clarence/William Stafford), and Susan Hyon (Henry VI/Rutland/ Clerk).

HENRY VI - REVENGE IN FRANCE (STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA, 2002)

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Brady, Owen Edward. 'Henry VI: Revenge in France, and: Revolt in England (Review).' Theatre Journal. 55:1 (March 2003): 148-49.

More Duty Than Delight?

Directed by Leon Rubin.

Produced by the Stratford (Ontario) Festival at the Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, 17 May-28 September 2002.

Joshua Leukhardt, assistant director. Sets and costumes by John Pennoyer, lighting by John A. Williams, and music by Michael Vieira.

With Michael Therriault (Henry VI), Robert Hamilton (Bedford/Lucy), David Francis (Gloucester), Jane Spence (Duchess of Gloucester), Joseph Shaw (Exeter), Lewis Gordon (Winchester), Thom Marriott (Richard Plantagenet/Woodville), William Needles (Mortimer), Robert King (Somerset), Jonathan Goad (Suffolk), Joseph Shaw (Salisbury), Donald Carrier (Warwick), Dan Chameroy (Westmoreland), Brad Rudy (Shrewsbury/Buckingham), David Roche (John Talbot/Basset/), Haysam Kadri (Vernon/Horner), Michael Wacholtz (Mayor of London), Michael Schultz (Thump/Burgundy), Jason Mitchell (Hume/Dauphin), Samantha Espie (Margery), Rami Posner (Roger Bolingbroke), Brendan Murray (Alençon), Ian Novak (Orleans), Michelle Giroux (Joan), Dan Chameroy (Reignier), Seana McKenna (Margaret), and Ieva Lucs (Countess of Auvergne).

QUEEN MARGARET (COLORADO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 2001)

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Directed by Tom Markus.

Adapted by Robert Potter from 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI. Tom Joyner, assistant director and dramaturg. Sets by Joseph Varga, costumes by W. Alan Williams, lighting by Richard M. Devin, and music by Todd Barton.

Produced by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival at the University Theatre, Main Stage, Boulder, CO, 6 July-17 August 2001.

With Samuel Sandoe (Chorus/Regnier/Dauphin), Gloria Biegler (Queen Margaret), Juliette Marcelle Avila (Bona/Duchess of Gloucester), Richard Haratine (Henry VI), Blake Stepan (Edward/Rutland), Charles Wilcox (Gloucester), Tom Tessmer (Suffolk/Oxford), Bob Horan (Northumberland), James E. L. Esely (Somerset), Aaron Muñoz (Warwick), Dana Wall (Clifford), Lars Tatom (York), John M. Jurcheck (Edward IV/Simpcox), Chip Persons (Richard III), and Erin Moon (Lady Grey).

SHAKESPEARE'S RUGBY WARS (UPSTART CROW, TORONTO, 2001)

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Company Website

Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Profile

Directed by Chris Coculuzzi, Matt Toner, and William Shakespeare
2001 Toronto Fringe Festival July 5th – 15th, 2001 Robert St. Playing Field

It is the mid-15th Century in England and the Royal Houses are bitterly divided. King Henry VI and the House of Lancaster hold the Crown but crime is up, French conquests are down, and the courtiers are living the high life. The House of York, fed up with Lancaster’s mismanagement, try to wrestle power away from Henry in a bid to restore good government to England, but not even an Act of Parliament can settle their regal dispute. Then, finally: a sign from God – an elliptical Sun! – and both Houses know there is only one sane way to settle their conflict…in a game of Rugby!

Upstart Crow Sports Network (UCSN) proudly brings you Shakespeare’s Rugby Wars, a clever hybrid of improvised sporting play and spectacle theatre transforming Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses tetralogy (Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III) into a live rugby match. Chris Marlowe and Jack Falstaff provide all the play-by-play colour commentary with interviews and updates from that on-the-pitch historian/reporter Raphael Holinshed, as Team Lancaster and Team York scrum it out for the British Crown and Rugby Supremacy! 

ROSE RAGE  (PROPELLER THEATRE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 2000)

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Review

Directed by Edward Hall.

Adapted by E. Hall and Roger Warren from 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI. Sets by Michael Pavelka, lighting by Ben Ormerod, and music by Tony Bell, Vincent Leigh, and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart.

Produced by the Propeller Ensemble at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, beginning 3 February 2001; and at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, 12-21 July 2002.

With Jonathan McGuinness (Henry VI/Bona), Robert Hands (Queen Margaret/Vernon), Guy Williams (York/Stafford), T. Bell (Jack Cade/Warwick), D. Bruce-Lockhart (Talbot), Richard Clothier (Basset), Emilio Doorgasingh (Exeter), Matthew Flynn (Gloucester/Young Clifford/Rivers), V. Leigh (Suffolk/Dick/Clarence), Chris Myles (Say/Clifford), Tim Treloar (Edward Plantagenet), and Simon Scardifield (Somerset/Lady Grey/Rutland).

HENRY VI PART 1: THE WAR AGAINST FRANCE (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 2000)

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Directed by Michael Boyd.

Sets by Tom Piper, costumes by Howard Raynor, lighting by Heather Carson, and music by James Jones.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, 13 December 2000-10 February 2001; and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 10-18 March 2001.

With Richard Cordery (Gloucester/Louis XI), Geff Francis (Warwick), Aidan McArdle (Bevis/Dauphin/Richard Plantagenet), Jake Nightingale (Cade/Bastard/Montgomery), David Oyelowo (Henry VI), Geoffrey Streatfeild (Vernon/Young Clifford), Nicholas Asbury (Somerset), Tom Beard (Edward/Alençon/Holland), Fiona Bell (Queen Margaret/Joan), Richard Dillane (Suffolk/Rivers), Christopher Ettridge (Cardinal Beauford/Norfolk), Deidra Morris (Duchess of Gloucester), Rhashan Stone (Clarence/Reignier), Clive Wood (York), David Beames (Bedford/Buckingham/Hastings), John Kane (Exeter/Clifford/Stanley), Jerome Willis (Edmund Mortimer/Salisbury/Say), James Tucker (Lucy/Peter), Keith Bartlett (Talbot/Stanley), Sam Troughton (John Talbot/Richmond), Andrew Lewis (Iden/Oxford), Robert Barton (Gargrave/William Stafford/Northumberland), Gavin Marshall (Horner/Westmoreland), Philip Brook (Burgundy/Montague/Simpcox), Aislin McGuckin (Margery/Rutland), Edward Clayton (Dick the Butcher), Neil Madden (Prince of Wales), Elaine Pyke (Lady Grey), and Sarah D'Arcy (Bona).

DET BLODIGA PARLAMENTET (ROYAL DRAMATIC THEATRE, STOCKHOLM, 2000)

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Production Website

Directed by Stein Winge.

An adaptation of 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI and Richard III by S. Winge, Ulf Peter Hallberg, and Ulla Åberg. Translated into Swedish by U. P. Hallberg. Sets and costumes by Tine Schwab, lighting by Hans-Åke Sjöqvist, and music by Bebe Risenfors.

Produced by the Royal Dramatic Theatre at Elverket, Stockholm, January 2000.

With Reine Brynolfsson (Richard III), Staffan Göthe (Henry VI), and Inga-Lill Andersson (Queen Margaret).


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1990s

HEINRICH VI, 1-3 (VOLKSBÜHNE, BERLIN, 1999)

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Director Profile

Directed by Frank Castorf.

Translated into German by Frank Günther. Sets and costumes by Bert Neumann.

With Brigitte Cuvelier (Joan), Henry Hübchen (Henry VI), and Silvia Rieger (Queen Margaret).

YORK NAPSÜTÉSE (PÉCSI NEMZETI SZÏNHÁZ, HUNGARY, 1999)

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Review (Hungarian)

Translated into Hungarian by András Imreh. Gyozo Duró, dramaturg. Sets by Márton Ágh; costumes by Anikó Kovalcsik.

Produced at the Pécsi Nemzeti Szïnház, Pécsi, Hungary, beginning 26 November 1999.

With Ádám Krum (Richard Plantagenet), Zsolt Lipics (Edward IV), György Bajomi Nagy (Clarence/Bona), Miklós Rázga (Richard), Péter Varga (Somerset), Béla Stenczer (Warwick), Gábor Bánky (Montague), István Bóta (Norfolk/Hugh Mortimer), János Németh (Henry VI), Lajos Széll Horváth (Clifford/Hastings), Tamás Ujláb (Northumberland/John Mortimer), Sándor N. Szabó (Oxford), Dénes Kovács (Exeter), Andrea Simon (Lady Grey), Anita Fábián (Queen Margaret), and Virgil Horváth (Dauphin).

KÖNIG HEINRICH VI  (BREMER SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, BREMEN, GERMANY, 1998)

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Director Bio

Directed by Rainier Iwersen.

Translated into German by R. Iwersen. Sets by R. Iwersen and Gabriele Keuneke; costumes by G. Keuneke.

Produced by the Bremer Shakespeare Company at the Theater am Leibnizplatz, Bremen, 21 March-8 May 1998.

With Christian Aumer (Suffolk/Clifford), Renato Grünig (Gloucester/Edward IV/Cade), Uta Krause (Queen Margaret/Warwick), Stefan Lahr and Martin Schwanda (Cardinal/York), and Peter Pearce (Henry VI/Rutland/Richard Plantagenet).

TEN OORLOG (BLAUWE MAANDAG COMPAGNIE, GHENT, THE NETHERLANDS, 1998)

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Production Summary

Directed by Luk Perceval.

Adapted by Tom Lanoye and L. Perceval from 1, 2, and 3 Henry IV, Richard III, Richard II, 1 and 2 Henry IV, and Henry V. Luc Joosten and Hans van Dam, dramaturgs. Sets by Katrin Brack, costumes by Ilse Vandenbussche, and lighting by Enrico Bagnoli.

Produced by Blauwe Maandag Compagnie, Ghent, beginning 22 November 1997; and at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, beginning 7 January 1998.

With Ariane Van Vliet (Queen Margaret), Jakob Beks (Somerset/Henry V), Reinhilde Decleir (Duchess of York/Green), Jan Decleir (Winchester/Richard III), Els Dottermans (Dauphin/Lady Anne), Johan Heldenbergh (Scroop/Buckingham/Mowbray/Bushy/Westmoreland), Koen van Kaam (York/Clarence/Aumerle), Wim Opbrouck (Falstaff/Warwick/Ratcliffe/Richard II), Peter Seynaeve (Mountjoy/Henry VI/John of Gaunt/Carlisle), Els Ingeborg Smits (Queen Elizabeth), Lucas Van den Eynde (Suffolk/Edward IV/Northumberland/Hotspur), and Vic de Wachter (Rivers/Bolingbroke/Henry V).

HENRY VI, PART 1: THE EDGED SWORD; PART 2: BLACK STORM (NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1996)

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The Lortel Archives

Directed by Karin Coonrod.

Henry Israeli, assistant director. John Dias, dramaturg. Sets by P. K. Wish, costumes by Constance Hoffmann, and lighting by Kevin Adams.

Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY, December 1996.

With Tom Nelis (Henry VI), Steven Skybell (Richard Plantagenet), Graham Winton (Suffolk/Gloucester), Fanni Green (Warwick/Duchess of Gloucester), Jan Leslie Harding (Joan), Walker Jones (Edward IV), and Boris McGiver (Cade/Talbot).

1, 2, AND 3 HENRY VI (THEATRE ROYAL, YORK, 1996)

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Directed by John Doyle.

Catherine Denford, assistant director. Sets by James Merifield; lighting by Peter Higton.

Produced at the Theater Royal, York, 19 October-12 November 1994.

With Edward York (Henry VI), Susan Curnow (Queen Margaret), Anthony Bartyla and Michael Lightfoot (Prince of Wales), David Leonard (Gloucester), Keith Woodason (Cardinal Winchester/Edward IV), Stephen Earle (Richard Plantagenet/Hastings/King of France), Maxine Evans (Duchess of York/Mortimer/Clifford), Andrew Maud (Clarence/Suffolk), David Leonard (Richard), Matthew Mikola, Shaun Hodgson, and Paul Lister (Rutland), Charles Millham (Warwick), Martin Crocker (Somerset), Blair Plant (Young Clifford/Rivers), Sarah Knight (Northumberland/Lady Bona), and Gillian Rushton (Salisbury/Lady Grey).

MARGARET AND HER MEN (SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY, LENOX, MA, 1994)

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Directed by Jonathan Croy.

Based on 1 and 2 Henry VI.

Produced by Shakespeare and Company at The Mount, Oxford Court Theatre, Lenox, MA, 19 August-5 September 1993.

With Al Broussard (Henry VI), Maria Tecce (Queen Margaret), Laura Otis (Young Margaret), Natasha Rizopoulos (Young Margaret/Buckingham/Poole/York/First Murderer), Nicholas Mortimer (Suffolk), Antonio Ocampo (Gloucester), and Karen Komisarof (Duchess of Gloucester/Walter Whitmore/Second Murderer).

JOAN OF ARC (SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY, USA, 1993)

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Directed by James Daniels.

Produced by Shakespeare and Company at The Mount, Oxford Court Theatre, Lenox, MA, 19 August-5 September 1993.

With Patricia Baumann (Young Talbot/Warwick/Bedford/Alencon/Henry VI), Michael Burnett (Lucy), Richard Canales (Talbot), Ariella Chezar (Gloucester/Reignier/Somerset/ Burgundy), Mollia Fuller (Exeter/ Charles/Richard), Aina Lordo (Salisbury/Lucy/Winchester/Philip the Bastard), and Jayne Ogata (Joan).

THE WAX KING (MAN IN THE MOON THEATRE, LONDON, 1992)

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Directed and Adapted by Phil Wilmott.

An adaptation of 1, 2 and 3 Henry VI.

Produced at the Man in the Moon Theatre, London, October 1992.

With David Melville (Henry VI) and Peter Baile (Richard).

THE WARS OF THE ROSES (ENGLISH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, 1990)

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Pennington's Website.

Directed by Michael Bogdanov.

A seven-play production (Richard II, 1 and 2 Henry IV, Henry V, 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI [consolidated into two plays], and Richard III). Susanna Best, assistant director. Sets by Chris Dyer, costumes by Stephanie Howard, lighting by Mark Henderson, and music by Terry Mortimer.

Produced by the English Shakespeare Company on tour, 1988-89; released by Portman Films, 1990; video cassettes by Portman Classics, in association with Contracts International and Windmill Lane Productions, for Films for the Humanities FFH 2773-76, 1991.

With Michael Pennington (Richard II/Prince Hal/Henry V/Suffolk/Cade), Michael Cronin (Bolingbroke/Henry IV/Macmorris), Colin Farrell (York/Bardolph/Erpingham), Andrew Jarvis (Exton/Hotspur/Gadshill/Dauphin/Richard III), Clyde Pollitt (John of Gaunt/Shallow/Charles VI), John Castle (Bolingbroke), Lynette Davies (Duchess of York), June Watson (Duchess of Gloucester/Mistress Quickly/Queen Isabel), Roger Booth (Northumberland/Bishop of Ely/Governor of Harfleur), Hugh Sullivan (Carlisle/Chief Justice/Archbishop of Canterbury), Philip Bowen (Aumerle/Worcester/Silence/Mountjoy), Eluned Hawkins (Queen), Chris Hunter (Hotspur), Siôn Probert (Bushy/Glendower/Fluellen/Somerset), Paul Brennen (Bagot/Vernon/Peto/Henry VI), Michael Fenner (Green/Blount/Gower), Francesca Ryan (Queen Isabel/Doll Tearsheet/Katharine/Lady Anne), Ann Penfold (Duchess of York/Lady Percy/Alice), Jack Carr (Mowbray/Exton/Mouldy/Scroop), Ian Burford (Exeter/Salisbury/Morton), John Dougall (Ross/Prince Hal/Prince John/Wart/Clarence), Charles Dale (Willoughby/Douglas/Points), Stephen Jameson (Berkeley/Mortimer), Ben Bazell (Westmoreland/Jamy), Hugh Sullivan (Bishop of Carlisle), Robert Hands (Prince John), Jenifer Konko (Lady Mortimer), Barry Stanton (Falstaff/Chorus), and John Darrell (Scroop/Cambridge).


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1980s

THE PLANTAGENETS (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 1988-89)

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A trilogy comprising Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III and adapted by Charles Wood from 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI and Richard III. Sets by Bob Crowley, lighting by Chris Parry, and music by Edward Gregson.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, beginning 22 October 1988; and at the Barbican, London, beginning 16 March 1989.

With Ralph Fiennes (Henry VI), Raymond Bowers (Bedford/Mayor of St. Albans/Iden/Tyrrel), David Waller (Gloucester), Cherry Morris (Duchess of Gloucester), Nicholas Smith (Exeter), Antony Brown (Bishop of Winchester), Tom Fahy (Somerset), Oliver Cotton (Suffolk/Buckingham/Cade), Robert Demeger (Talbot/Dick the Butcher), Mark Hadfield (John Talbot/Young Clifford/Lovel), Trevor Gordon (Bassett), Jeffrey Segal (Salisbury/Mortimer/Morton/Tressel), David Calder (Richard Plantagenet), David Lyon (Neville), David Morrissey (Vernon/Clarence), Simon Dormandy (Dauphin/Stafford/Richmond), Richard Bremmer (Reignier/Oxford/Ratcliffe), Penny Downie (Queen Margaret), Darryl Forbes-Dawson (Burgundy/Lord Mayor/Stanley), Edward Harbour (Alencon/Hume/Woodville/Rivers), Patrick Robinson (Bastard of Orleans/Roger Bolingbroke/Catesby), Julia Ford (Joan), Roger Watkins (Brackenbury/Clifford), Denise Armon (Margery Jourdain), Kenn Sabberton (Southwell), Mark Hadfield (Simpcox/Lovell), Ken Bones (Edward, Earl of March/Edward IV), Anton Lesser (Richard III), Jason Watkins (Edmund, Earl of Rutland/Norfolk), Marjorie Yates (Duchess of York), Joanne Pearce (Queen Elizabeth), Lee Barton and Paul Curran (Prince of Wales), Edward Peel (Hastings), Lee Broom and Guy Newey (York), Kevin Doyle (Grey), Jo James (Dorset), Lyndon Davies (Prince Edward), Geraldine Alexander (Lady Anne), and Cissy Collins (Mrs. Simpcox).

LE CYCLE DES ROIS (OMNIBUS, MONTREAL, 1988)

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Review (francais) 

Translated into French by François-Victor Hugo. Sets and costumes by Yvan Gaudin; lighting by Jean-Charles Martel.

Produced by Omnibus at l'Espace Libre, Montréal, 30 March-14 May and 14 September-2 October 1988.

With Francine Alpin (Aumerle/Duchess of Gloucester/Mistress Quickly/Shallow/Fluellen), Jean Boilard (Richard II/Francis/Prince John/Orleans/Archbishop of Canterbury/Burgundy), Réal Bossé (Mowbray/Ross/Exton/Poins/Shadow/Douglas/Scroop/Peto), Nathalie Claude (Fitzwater/Prince Hal/Dauphin/Isabel), Daniel Desputeau (Bolingbroke/Blunt/Silence/Bedford), Robert Gravel (York/Falstaff/Gower/Charles VI), Jacques LeBlanc (Bagot/Salisbury/Grey/Governor of Harfleur/Alice), Denyse Lefebvre (Hotspur/Gloucester/Davy/Nym), Sylvie Moreau (Duchess of York/Worcester/Dill/Catherine/Montjoy/MacMorris), Julien Poulin (Northumberland/Pistol/Henry V), Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Roger Blay (Gaunt/Scroop/Gardner/Henry IV/Feeble/Exeter/Chorus), François Trudel and André-Jean Grenier (Bushy/Bishop of Carlisle/Westmoreland/Williams/Constable), and Blass Villalpando (Willoughby/Bardolph/Bishop of Ely/Bates).

YORK 8 LANCASTER 6 (UPSTART CROW, COLORADO, 1985)

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Company History

Directed by Richard Bell.

Sets by Richard Bell and Julie Lynn Barthuly; costumes by Vivan Sutherland.

Produced by the Upstart Crow Theatre Company, Boulder, CO, 1985.

With Alan Schreiber (Harold), Joan Kuder Bell (Edith), Vivian Sutherland (Ellie), Scott David (Arthur), Hal Landem (Richard Plantagenet), Bruce Ingram Martin (Henry VI), Dan Sutherland (Edward IV), Alphonse Keasley (Warwick), Jane McCarthy (Lady Grey), Timothy Reed (Lord Grey), Maggie Simms (Queen Margaret), Mark Jenkins (Edward, Prince of Wales), James Mandenberg (Clarence), Myla Miller (Lady Anne), and Spencer Leigh (Gloucester).

1, 2, AND 3 HENRY VI AND RICHARD III (NEW JERSEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1983)

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Review

Directed by Paul Barry

Sets by Michael Sharp, costumes by Kathleen Blake, lighting by Richard Dorfman, and music by Deborah Martin.

Produced by the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival at Drew University, Madison, NJ, 28 June-18 September 1983.

With Ed Dennehy (Talbot/Catesby), Deveren Bookwalter (Clarence/Suffolk), Victoria Boothby (Eleanor/Duchess of Gloucester/Duchess of York), Brett Porter (Edward IV), Margery Shaw (Elizabeth Woodville Grey), J. C. Hoyt (Hastings/Mortimer/Northumberland), Geddeth Smith (Humphrey of Gloucester/Lord Say), Tom McLaughlin (Jack Cade), Lisa Barnes (Joan of Arc/Lady Anne Neville), Davis Hall (King Henry VI/Tyrrel), Annalee Jefferies (Margaret of Anjou), John Hertzler (Richard, Duke of York), Michael Tolaydo (Richard III), and Donald Gantry (Warwick/Stanley).]

THE HOUSE OF YORK (YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA, 1983)

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Review

Directed by David Hammond.

Adapted by Royston Coppenger. Sets by Richard F. Mays, costumes by Daphne Stevens-Pascucci, lighting by Robert Wierzel, and music by Mary Law.

Produced by the Yale School of Drama at the Yale University Theatre, New Haven, CT, 11-14 May 1983.

Combines 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI and Richard III with materials from Thomas More, House of Commons documents, and writings by Colley Cibber and others to depict the struggle between the Houses of York and Lancaster.

HENRY VI (STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA, 1980)

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BUFVC Listing

Directed and Adapted by Pam Brighton.

Sets and costumes by Michael Eagan, lighting by Harry Frehner, and music by Berthold Carrière.

Produced by the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival on the Third Stage, 9 June-8 November 1980.

With Scott Baker (Clarence), Rodger Barton (Warwick), Rod Beattie (York), Maurice E. Evans (Winchester), Luce Guilbeault (Queen Margaret), David Harris (Exeter), Sten Hornborg (Bedford/Vernon), Geordie Johnson (Somerset), Shane Kelly (Rutland), Robert LaChance (Buckingham), Diana Lablanc (Lady Grey), Stephen Ouimette (Clifford), Nicholas Pennell (Richard Plantagenet), Stephen Russell (Henry VI), Booth Savage (Gloucester/Cade/Edward), Fred Steinmetz (Peter), Wesley Stevens (Say), Nicholas Pennell (Richard/Suffolk), Arnold Tays (Prince Edward), Reg Tupper (Montague/Lord Mayor of London), and Paul Wagar (Basset/Whitmore).


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1970s

1, 2, AND 3 HENRY VI (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 1977)

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The RSC's Golden Years

Directed by Terry Hands.

Sets and costumes by Abdel Farrah, lighting by John Bradley, and music by Guy Woolfenden.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June-2 July 1977; and at the Aldwych Theatre, 1978.

With Alan Howard (Henry VI), Graham Crowden (Gloucester), Jeffery Dench (Bedford/Lucy/Clifford), Alfred Lynch (Edward Plantagenet), Ron Cook (Edward, Prince of Wales), Anthony Naylor (Young Clifford), Edwin Richfield (Exeter/Stafford/Horner), John Rhys-Davis (Winchester), Oliver Ford Davies and Geoffery Hutchings (Somerset), Iain Mitchell (Basset/Northumberland), Nigel Terry (Exeter), Bernard Brown (Oxford), Martin Weatherhead (Rutland), Emrys James (Richard), Stephen Jenn (Vernon/Stanley/Bolingbroke), Clem McCallin (Salisbury), Julian Glober (Mortimer), Peter McEnery (Suffolk), David Swift (Shrewsbury), Ian Gelder (John Talbot), Michael Bertinshaw (Glansdale/Stafford/Southwell/Rivers), Dan Meaden (Woodville/Falstaff/Mayor of St. Albans/Whitmore/Iden), David Shaw-Parker (Somervile), James Laurenson (Dauphin/Cade), Philip Dunbar (Alençon/Holland/Mowbray), Desmond Stokes (Bastard/Clarence/Bevis), Morris Perry (Burgundy/Say/Hume), Charles Dance (Buckingham), Paul Imbusch (King of France), Helen Mirren (Queen Margaret), Charlotte Cornwell (Joan), Yvonne Coulette (Countess of Auvergne), Anne Raitt (Lady Grey), and Fleur Chandler (Bona).

1 HENRY VI (OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, ASHLAND, 1975)

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Review

Directed by Will Huddleston.

Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Summer 1975.

With Peter Silbert (Henry VI), Randi Douglas (Joan), Eric Miller (Talbot), Jeff Brooks (Cardinal Beauford), Larry Ballard (Burgundy), Allen Nause (Warwick), Michael Hall (Suffolk), James Daniels (Somerset), William Moreing (Dauphin), Michael Hill (Bastard), Barry Mulholland (Reignier), Clanche du Rand (Countess of Auvergne), Michael Horton (John Talbot), Jim Edmondson (Bedford), and Eric Booth Miller (Earl of Shrewsbury).

1 HENRY VI (NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 1970)

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Directed by Stewart Vaughan.

Sets by Ming Cho Lee, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Martin Aronstein, and music by John C. Rigliano.

Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York, NY, 23 June-29 August 1970 as part of a presentation of The Wars of the Roses; this version was edited by Stuart Vaughan and presented in three plays: The Chronicles of Henry VI, derived from 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI, and presented in two parts; and Richard III.

With David Byrd (Bedford), Robert Gerringer (Gloucester), John Carpenter (Exeter), Patrick Hines (Cardinal Beaufort), David Snell (Lucy/Bolingbroke), Howard Green (Buckingham), Leon Russom (John Talbot), Don Perkins (Dauphin), Drew Snyder (Alençon), John LaGioia (Salisbury), Robert Burr (Talbot), Sasha von Scherler (Countess of Auvergne), Paul Sparer (Richard Plantagenet), Gregory Akels (Somerset), David Hooks (Warwick), Ronny Cox (Vernon), Nicholas Kepros (Henry VI), Barbara Caruso (Queen Margaret), Charles Durning (Lord Mayor), Gretchen Corbett (Joan), Patricia Falkenhain (Duchess of Gloucester), and George Spelvin (Governor).


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1960s

1 HENRY VI (STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA, 1966)

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Directed by John Hirsch.

Sets and costumes by Desmond Heeley; and music by John Cook.

Produced by the Stratford, Ontario, Festival 7 June-8 October 1966.

With Max Helpmann (Bedford), Tony van Bridge (Gloucester), William Needles (Exeter), Bernard Behrens (Somerset), William Hutt (Warwick), Kenneth Pogue (Vernon), John Byron (Mortimer), Mervyn Blake (Talbot), Briain Petchey (Henry VI), Denise Pelletier and Kim Yaroshevskaya (Duchess of Gloucester), Eric Donkin (Bolingbroke), Frances Hyland (Queen Margaret), Guy L'Ecuyer (Alençon), Jean-Louis Roux and Jerome Tiberghien (Burgundy), Martha Henry (Joan), Jacques Galipeau (Bastard), Powys Thomas (Beauford), Barry MacGregor (Richard Plantagenet), Al Kozlik (Basset), Barbara Bryne (Margery), Lewis Gordon (Simpcox), and Kenneth Welsh and Colin Fox (Murderers).

IL GIOCO DEI POTENTI (PICCOLO TEATRO DI MILANO, 1965)

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Company Archive

Directed by Giorgio Strehler.

Adapted by G. Strehler's from 1, 2 and 3 Henry VI, with excerpts from other plays. Sets by G. Strehler, Carlo Tomassi, and Enrico Job; music by Fiorenzo Carpi.

Produced by the Piccolo Teatro di Milano at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, Italy, 19-20 June 1965.

With Renato de Carmine (Henry VI); Antonio Meschini (Gloucester), Ferdinando Tamberlani (Winchester), Guilio Girola (Buckingham), Luciano Alberici (York), Ottavio Fanfani (Somerset), Carlo Cantaneo (Suffolk/Edward IV), Elio Jotta (Clifford), Paride Colonghi (Young Clifford), Attilio Ortolani (Salisbury), Giulio Brogil (Warwick), Corrado Nardi (Stafford/Iden), Carrado Pani (Richard III), Lino Capolicchio (Clarence/Peter), Alfonso Cassoli (Norfolk), Ugo Bologna (Northumberland/Hume), and Alfio Petrini (Westmoreland/Whitmore).

THE WARS OF THE ROSES (ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, ENGLAND, 1963-64)

The Wars of the Roses - John Barton

Film Adaptation

Directed by John Barton.

Edited and adapted by J. Barton. Sets by John Bury; costumes by Ann Curtis.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 17 July-20 August 1963; at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, beginning 29 July 1964; and at the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival, London, 1964.

With Peggy Ashcroft (Queen Margaret), Jeffery Dench (Basset), Roy Dotrice (Bedford), John Hussey (Somerset), Charles Kay (Hume), Brewster Mason (Warwick), Cherry Morris (Duchess of Gloucester), John Normington (Mortimer/Simpcox), Clifford Rose (Exeter), Nicholas Selby (Cardinal Beauford), Donald Sinden (Richard Plantagenet), Janet Suzman (Joan), Derek Waring (Dauphin), David Warner (Henry VI), John Welsh (Gloucester), Michael Craig (Suffolk), Martin Jenkins (Vernon), Derek Smith (Earl of Shrewsbury), James Hunter (John Talbot), Madoline Thomas (Margery), Jolyon Booth (Reignier), Rhys McConnochie (Alençon), Hugh Sullivan (Bastard), Philip Brack (Burgundy), and Ken Wynne (Roger Bolingbroke).

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