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The Red Rose and the White (1960, Michael Hayes)

TitleThe Red Rose and the White
Release LocationsGB
DirectorMichael Hayes
MediumBlack & white video
Length59 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHenry VI, Part 1 (teleplay)
SeriesAn Age of Kings


Based on the entirety of King Henry the Sixth. The ninth installment in An Age of Kings (see also numbers 156-9, 178-9, 188, 190-2, 485-6, and 505-6). Casting the sprawling minor tetralogy obviously created horrendous casting problems, which were solved by ingenious allocation of personnel. This segment was managed with a total of 39 actors. A new face was Jack May, who played Richard duke of York, father to Richard duke of Gloucester who was to become the notorious King Richard III. Cost for this section was only £2,598 but when the expense of producing the next two parts of Henry VI is added, the total adds up to over £9,000. For additional background information, see The Hollow Crown (485), which is based on Richard II and which is therefore the first episode in the series

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

BastardDavid Andrews
Joan La PucelleEileen Atkins
WardersJeremy Bisley
CastMichael Shepherd Cox
Lord MayorMichael Cox
Serving MenKenneth Farrington
BedordPatrick Garland
VernonTony Garnett
CastJulian Glover
Lawyer And MessengerJohn Greenwood
CastTimothy Harley
ExeterNoel Johnson
BeaufortRobert Lang
Duke Of YorkJack May
MargaretMary Morris
HumphreyJohn Ringham
SomersetAlan Rowe
CastJohn Scott
King Henry VITerry Scully
WoodvilleLeon Shepperdson
AlenconAnthony Valentine
MessengersTerry Wale
CastDerek Ware
RegnierJohn Warner
DauphinJerome Willis
WarwickFrank Windsor
SuffolkEdgar Wreford

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMichael Hayes
ProducerPeter Dews
ComposerArthur Bliss
ComposerChristopher Whelen
Adaptor/TranslatorEric Crozier
ConductorLionel Salter
ProductionStanley Morris

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell