Cover image for Shakespeare's An age of kings / script editor, Eric Crozier ; directed by Michael Hayes ; produced by Peter Dews ; BBC TV.
Shakespeare's An age of kings / script editor, Eric Crozier ; directed by Michael Hayes ; produced by Peter Dews ; BBC TV.
Uniform Title:
Age of kings (Television program)
Publication Information:
[London] : 2/entertain : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Bros. Video, [2009]

Physical Description:
5 videodiscs (approximately 947 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"A cycle of the history plays of William Shakespeare."

Originally broadcast as a BBC mini-series in 15 episodes in 1960.

Based on the plays of William Shakespeare.

At head of title on menu screen: pt. 1-2: Richard II; pt. 3-6: Henry IV; pt. 7-8: Henry V; pt. 9-13: Henry VI; pt. 14-15: Richard III.

DVD, NTSC; Dolby digital.
Disc 1. pt. 1. Richard II : The hollow crown (ca. 60 min.) ; pt. 2. Richard II : The deposing of a king (ca. 60 min.) ; pt. 3. Henry IV : Rebellion from the north (ca. 77 min.) -- Disc 2. pt. 4. Henry IV : The road to Shrewsbury (ca. 71 min.) ; pt. 5. Henry IV : The new conspiracy (ca. 59 min.) ; pt. 6. Henry IV : Uneasy lies the head (ca. 75 min.) -- Disc 3. pt. 7. Henry V : Signs of war (ca. 60 min.) ; pt. 8. Henry V: The band of brothers (ca. 57 min.) ; pt. 9. Henry V : The Red rose and the white (ca. 60 min.) -- Disc 4. pt. 10. Henry VI : The fall of the protector (ca. 60 min.) ; pt. 11. Henry VI : The rabble from Kent (ca. 58 min.) ; pt. 12. Henry VI : The morning's war (ca. 59 min.) -- Disc 5. pt. 13. Henry VI : The sun in splendour (ca. 57 min.) ; pt. 14. Richard III : The dangerous brother (ca. 59 min.) ; pt. 15. Richard II : The boar hunt (ca. 74 min.).
"When An Age of Kings was first broadcast, it was the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television. Its fifteen parts encompassed Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, Henry V, all three parts of Henry VI and Richard III, effectively presenting a chronological history of British royalty from 1377 to 1485. An Age of Kings' adapter Eric Crozier cut the text into schedule-friendly 60 and 75 minute episodes. These mostly comprised half a complete play, though Henry VI Part I was reduced to a single hour-long episode."--British Film Institute.
Added Title:
Age of kings.

Richard II [1960 : William, D.]

Henry IV [1960 : Fleming]

Henry V [1960 : Hardy]

Henry VI [1960 : Scully]

Richard III [1960 : Daneman]
Language Note:
In English with optional English SDH subtitles.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
David William (Richard II), Tom Fleming (Henry IV), Sean Connery (Hotspur), Robert Hardy (Henry V), Frank Pettingell (Falstaff), Judi Dench (Katherine of France), Terry Scully (Henry VI), Eileen Atkins (Joan la Pucelle), Julian Glover (Edward VI), Paul Daneman (Richard III), Mary Morris, Geoffrey Bayldon, George A. Cooper, Hermione Baddeley, Angela Baddeley, Gordon Gostelow, Robert Lang, Patrick Garland, Edgar Wreford, John Greenwood, Esmond Knight, Juliet Cooke, Patricia Hereghan, David Andrews, William Squire, Frank Windsor, Jerome Willis, John Ringham, Alan Rowe, Violet Carson, Jill Dixon, Jeffry Wickham.
Production Credits:
Music composed and conducted by Christopher Whelen ; Philip Jones Brass Ensemble ; title music composed by Arthur Bliss ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ; Lionel Salter, conductor.