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Henry VI, Part 2 (1982, Jane Howell)

TitleHenry VI, Part 2
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJane Howell
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs, 21 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHenry VI, Part 2 (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


Increasingly noticeable to the viewer who has the leisure to study the four different BBC plays (see also 186, 193 and 513) in the minor tetralogy is the way in which director Jane Howell handles them as though the actors were a part of a repertory company. The doubling of roles is so pervasive that there is insufficient space in this report to list all the different roles a single actor may play (thus a '+' must suffice to indicate an actor's performing more than one role). David Burke is both the Bishop of Winchester and Dick the Butcher; Arthur Cox, not only Sir John Falstofe but also Mayor of London and Papal Legate. And so it goes. Meanwhile actors with major roles in one production may be mere attendant lords or flunkies in another: witness Ron Cook as "Third Messenger" in 1H6 and as Richard Plantagenet, en route to becoming King Richard III, in 2H6; or, to go the other way, there is Peter Benson as King Henry VI in 2H6 reduced to a spectral monk in R3. It's fun for the audience to watch out for these marvelous transformations but also stimulating for the actors to work in such a context of give-and-take and cheerful professionalism

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

RichardJohn Alford
Beadle + FourPeter Benfield
Henry VIPeter Benson
GeorgeTimothy Breeze
Stanley + TwoAntony Brown
Gloucester/ButcherDavid Burke
Hume/LieutenantMichael Byrne
DuchessAnne Carroll
SuffolkPaul Chapman
R. PlantagenetRon Cook
CliffordA. Cox
BuckinghamDavid Daker
Somerset/SmithBrian Deacon
Salisbury/ClerkTenniel Evans
Say + TwoDerek Farr
MargaretJulia Foster
First Petitioner + FourDerek Fuke
Second Prentice + TwoAlex Guard
YorkBernard Hill
George Plantagenet + TwoPaul Jesson
Margery JourdainPat Keen
WifeGabrielle Lloyd
Clifford + SixOengus MacNamara
WinchesterFrank Middlemass
Musiciansnot specified
Cade/SheriffTrevor Peacock
E. PlantagenetBrian Protheroe
Stafford + ThreeDavid Pugh
WarwickMark Wing-Davey
EdwardJoseph Wright
Stafford + ThreePeter Wyatt

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJane Howell
ProducerJonathan Miller
ComposerStephen Oliver
ComposerDudley Simpson
Movement CoordinatorGeraldine Stephenson
Fight CoordinatorMalcolm Ranson
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin
Production ManagerCorin Campbell-Hill
MakeupCherry Alston
CostumesJohn Peacock
LightingSam Barclay
SoundAlan Edmonds
ProductionOliver Bayldon
Stunt ManAlan Chuntz

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell