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Re: Henry V and Branagh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2214  Wednesday, 15 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Bill Gelber <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Dec 1999 11:35:02 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2194 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Dec 1999 17:35:35 +0100
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From:           Bill Gelber <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Dec 1999 11:35:02 EST
Subject: 10.2194 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2194 Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

It seemed to me that much of Branagh's interpretation was not only based
on Noble's production but on the 1975 production by Terry Hands which
was thoroughly documented by Sally Beauman. (The hanging of Bardolph
comes immediately to mind.)

Bill Gelber

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From:           Sarah Hatchuel <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Dec 1999 17:35:35 +0100
Subject:        Re: Henry V (and Branagh)

Nicolas Pullin wrote:

>A separate thought: has anyone come across anything written about
>Branagh's great debts to the stage productions of Henry/Much Ado/Hamlet
>which informed not only his performances but even his designs, settings,
>and interpretations?  Everybody praises his film, but the central
>decisions were all inherited from Adrian Noble's (?) 1982 production.

Here are the dates of the stage productions that influenced Branagh's
films:

HENRY V
1984: Adrian Noble's Henry V at the RSC (Branagh as Henry V)

MUCH ADO
1988: Judi Dench's Much Ado About Nothing for the Renaissance Theatre
Company (Branagh as Benedick)

HAMLET
1984: Ron Daniels' Hamlet for the RSC (Branagh as Laertes, Roger Rees as
Hamlet)

1988: Derek Jacobi's Hamlet for the Renaissance Theatre Company (Branagh
as Hamlet)

1992: Branagh and Glyn Dearman's Hamlet for BBC Radio (Branagh as
Hamlet)

1992/3: Adrian Noble's Hamlet for the RSC (Branagh as Hamlet).

Here are some books, articles and dissertations which deal with the
influences/differences:

* COLLIER Susanne. "Post-Falklands, Post-Colonial : Contextualizing
Branagh as Henry V on Stage and on Film". Essays in Theatre. Vol. 10,
No. 2. 05.92

* DAWSON Antony. Shakespeare in Performance: Hamlet. Manchester.
Manchester
University Press. 1995

* FITTER Chris. "A Tale of Two Branaghs: Henry V, Ideology and the
Mekong Agincourt". Shakespeare Left and Right. Ed. Ivo Kamps. New York,
London. Routledge.1991

* JONES Winifred Maria. Stage space to screen space : Kenneth Branagh's
film of Henry V (1989) and Adrian Noble's stage production at
Stratford-upon-Avon (1984). Unpublished dissertation for the degree of
Master of Arts in Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham.
Available at the Shakespeare Institute. Sept. 1991

* LOEHLIN James. Shakespeare in Performance: Henry V. Manchester.
Manchester University Press. 1996

I have a book coming out very soon, 'Branagh and the Bard: a Companion
to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh', Winnipeg, Blizzard
Publishing.  Three of its chapters deal thoroughly with the influences
of the various stage productions (in which Branagh appeared) on the
three movies themselves.

Sarah Hatchuel
University of Nanterre Paris X, France.
 

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