The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1088 Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Date: Tuesday, 14 Jun 2005 12:49:12 +0100
Subject: After Agincourt
Just picked up your review of the Dogs of War production of After
Agincourt at Et Cetera Theatre in February. You ask if anyone has
details. As the author, I can let you have the following.
First written in 1986 for a friend, the actor Roy Heather (Only Fools
and Horses, Time Gentlemen Please, etc), and first performed at the
Kings Theatre, Southsea, directed by David Tudor. Roy later performed
it at the Unicorn (Abingdon), the Colosseum (Oldham) and on tour round
the South and Midlands with the Stage One Company. It has also had
productions featuring Gareth David Lloyd and John Giles.
In 1988 it was picked up by the BBC, and produced on Radio 3 by Alfred
Bradley, with Bob Hoskins playing Pistol. This was Bob's first ever
Reviews have included:
'It uses the modern vernacular without losing the richness of
Shakespeare' (The Observer)
'Exhilarating and full-blooded' (The Times)
'Tour de force' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Compelling' (The Guardian)
'A most extraordinary piece - very moving, very moral' (Bob Hoskins,
interviewed in the Radio Times)
(It was also called 'tedious and daft' by The Listener. Can't win them
After Agincourt also rates a footnote in the Arden edition of
Shakespeare's Henry V.
Its companion piece, Before Nell, has also had a number of productions,
plus a tour, and was written in the mid-90s in response to a frequent
question following After Agincourt: 'Yes, but what happened to Nell
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