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Re: Barton's War of the Roses
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0770  Wednesday, 28 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Jim Shaw <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 27 Apr 1999 15:42:52 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0760 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

[2]     From:   Syd Kasten <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 13:06:40 +0300 (IDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0752 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

[3]     From:   Michael Ullyot <
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        Date:   Wednesday, April 28, 1999
        Subj:   Barton's War of the Roses


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From:           Jim Shaw <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Apr 1999 15:42:52 GMT
Subject: 10.0760 Re: Barton's War of the Roses
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0760 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

The Shakespeare Centre Library in Stratford-upon-Avon holds prompt books
for the 1963 productions of Henry VI and Richard III, and for the 1964
revival of Edward IV.  The Centre also holds videos of the 1965  BBC
broadcast (to be viewed onsite only) of the production plus a wealth of
photographs and reviews.  Anyone interested should contact the
Librarian, Marian Pringle, at 
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Yours,
Jim Shaw
Shakespeare Institute Library

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From:           Syd Kasten <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Apr 1999 13:06:40 +0300 (IDT)
Subject: 10.0752 Re: Barton's War of the Roses
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0752 Re: Barton's War of the Roses

On Saturday, 24 Apr Paul Nelsen submitted:

>Jeff Kean's hunt for a copy of John Barton's script for THE WARS OF THE
>ROSES cycle reminded me of a book dedicated to recounting the original
>RSC productions, directed by Peter Hall.  Finding a copy of Richard
>Pearson's A BAND OF ARROGANT AND UNITED HEROES published in London by
>Adelphi Press (1990) may be as challenging as locating the Barton text.
>But if Kean is seriously interested in the productions, Pearson's book
>is worth the effort. In addition to a wealth of anecdotal chronicle
>profiling the development of the 1963 epic staging of the cycle, Pearson
>includes examples of Barton's (cum Hall) cleverly cobbled together
>script.  Appendices include a complete list of titles for the original
>77 scenes, with notes indicating which scenes were cut or transposed in
>the prompt script for the performed version.

In 1963 Canadian TV (I don't remember whether it was CBC or CTV) offered
a British serialization (the term mini-series had not yet been invented)
called an "AN AGE OF KINGS". Recently, I tried, unsuccessfully, to find
traces of it through a search of the World Wide Web. (I was trying to
confirm an impression that Henry Hotspur was played by Sean Connery, or
that it was someone else imitating his brogue. Connery's web page
doesn't mention it, but that might be due to modesty.)

I put the date as 1963-64 because the setting of the TV in my memory
image pins it to that time.  I guess all this justifies the use of
"memorable" to describe the production.

It might be worth someone's time to find the series and colour it.
Don't TV networks have archives to store quality goods?

Best wishes,
Syd Kasten

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From:           Michael Ullyot <
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Date:           Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Subject:        Barton's War of the Roses

I'm fairly certain I once saw Faber & Faber editions of Barton's
adaptations, published as The Wars of the Roses and (if memory serves)
The Plantagenets. The maligned amazon.com has never been forthcoming,
and bookfinder.com gives only The Hollow Crown (??) and books about
online golf sites, as far as I can discern.

Michael Ullyot
 

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