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Henry VI Part 1

Against the backdrop of wars in France, the English nobility quarrel. News of the English defeat at Orleans reaches the duke of Gloucester and other nobles. After the funeral of Henry V, his son, the infant Henry VI, is proclaimed king.

Seventeen years later, Henry sits on the throne whilst the rivalries at court continue - Plantagenet has learned of his own strong claim to the crown. After Rouen falls to the French, Plantagenet, Exeter and Talbot pledge to recapture the city from the Dauphin, but the French, led by Joan of Arc, defeat the English. The valiant English commander Talbot and his son John are killed.

Warwick and Somerset arrive too late for the battle but join forces with the survivors and retake Rouen. Somerset captures and woos Margaret of Anjou as a potential bride for Henry VI. Plantagenet takes Joan of Arc prisoner and orders for her to be burnt at the stake.

Despite Gloucester's protests, Margaret is introduced to the court as Henry's queen. Margaret complains that Eleanor, Gloucester's wife, behaves like an empress. Eleanor is banished and warns Gloucester that he is in great danger.

Gloucester is accused of high treason and is murdered at the Tower of London on the orders of Somerset while he and Margaret make love in the palace.

Henry banishes Somerset and Suffolk after Gloucester is found dead. Plantagenet is incensed when Margaret is able to bully Henry into reversing the sentence. Plantagenet makes his claim for the throne and sets the Houses of York and Lancaster in open opposition.

Release date:

1 hour, 51 minutes

Last on

Sat 7 May 2016 21:00


Role Contributor
ProducerRupert Ryle-Hodges
AuthorWilliam Shakespeare
DirectorDominic Cooke
AdaptorDominic Cooke
AdaptorBen Power
GloucesterHugh Bonneville
PlantagenetAdrian Dunbar
MortimerMichael Gambon
TalbotPhilip Glenister
EleanorSally Hawkins
ExeterAnton Lesser
SomersetBen Miles
MargaretSophie Okonedo
Henry VITom Sturridge
WarwickStanley Townsend
SuffolkJason Watkins
Bishop of WinchesterSamuel West
Sir William LucyTom Beard
John TalbotMax Bennett
Dauphin CharlesTom Byam Shaw
MurdererSean Cernow
Joan's MotherPandora Colin
Joan of ArcLaura Frances-Morgan
BrakenburyJohn MacKay
VernonStuart McQuarrie
BassetMatthew Needham
Young CecilyLucy Robinson
Young CecilyDavid Troughton
Production CompanyNeal Street Productions

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