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The Morning's War (1960, Michael Hayes)

TitleThe Morning's War
Release LocationsGB
DirectorMichael Hayes
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHenry VI, Part 3 (teleplay)
SeriesAn Age of Kings


Based on Acts 1-3 of King Henry VI, Pt. 3. The twelfth installment in An Age of Kings (see also numbers 156-9, 178-9, 185, 188, 191, 192, 485-6, and 505-6). It looks as though the usual 9 P.M. time slot for this series was usurped on Oct. 6, 1960 by professional boxing. At 8:30 the fight between middleweights, Ron Redrup of Ham and Gert van Heerden of South Africa, engaged the attention of the masses. By 9:45 P.M., following a news break, Britons were once again ready for Shakespeare. For additional background, 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

Son That Killed FatherDavid Andrews
NoblemanJeremy Bisley
MontagueAdrian Brine
Richard Duke Of GloucesterPaul Daneman
NorthumberlandKenneth Farrington
ClarencePatrick Garland
CastTony Garnett
EdwardJulian Glover
Edward Prince Of WalesJohn Greenwood
SinkloTimothy Harley
CastRobert Lang
ExeterTerence Lodge
Duke Of YorkJack May
Margaret Of AnjouMary Morris
Father That Killed SonJohn Ringham
MessengersJohn Scott
King Henry VITerry Scully
WestmorelandLeon Shepperdson
MortimerAnthony Valentine
RutlandTerry Wale
ServantDerek Ware
HumphreyJohn Warner
ElizabethJane Wenham
NorfolkJeffry Wickham
CliffordJerome Willis
WarwickFrank Windsor
CastEdgar 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