Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Henry VIII (1911, Will Barker)

TitleHenry VIII
Release LocationsGB
DirectorWill Barker
MediumBlack & white video
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Henry VIII (abridgment)


An early PR blurb announced that this film was "an epoch-making picture of Henry VIII, as given by Sir Herbert Tree at His Majesty's Haymarket Theatre." Proximity to London's West End theatres was an accidental but major force in the shaping of the British film industry, not all to its benefit. By comparison in North America the fledgling movie industry soon left New York and its theatres in favor of Hollywood. The clean break with the New York theatres allowed film in Hollywood to concentrate on innovations in cinema instead of being straitjacketed by stage traditions

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

PatienceLila Barclay
King Henry VIIIArthur Bourchier
Old LadyMrs. Charles Calvert
CampeiusS. A. Cookson
Anne BullenLaura Cowie
CranmerCharles Fuller
NorfolkA. E. George
BuckinghamBasil Gill
SurreyGerald Lawrence
SuffolkEdward O'Neill
Lord ChamberlainEdward Sass
WolseyHerbert Beerbohm Tree
KatherineViolet Vanbrugh

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorWill Barker
ProducerWill Barker

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell