The Wars of the Roses (I) (TV Mini-Series 1965)

TV Mini-Series   |  Drama


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A filmed theatre production of four of Shakespeare's historical plays condensed down into a trilogy.


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12 January 2009 | bradjanet
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| Unforgettable performances in Peter Hall's "War of the Roses" cycle.
David Warner and Dame Peggy Ashcroft are mesmerising as, respectively, King Henry VI, and his wife Margaret of Anjou, the She-Wolf of France in Peter Hall's legendary production of Shakespeare's cycle of plays about The Wars of the Roses.

Warner gives a performance that is indescribably sad as the saintly, depressed and mad king, (Shakespeare puts pearls of poetry into the mouth of a man who was effectively an imbecile) and equally, if not more memorable, is Ashcroft's depiction of the way Margaret descends from a figure of courage and steadfastness, into a monster of vengeance and terrifying cruelty. The brilliant decision of Ashcroft to give her Margaret a stutter adds tremendous poignancy to the character.

I haven't seen this monumental production of the complete Wars of the Roses cycle for many years ... it still haunts my memory, and I would give anything to see it again.

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Release Date:

8 April 1965

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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