Monday, 20 February 2017

On the BBC's 1979 production of William Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" (1613)

Last night I saw Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" for the first time, which was quite the experience. It was the old BBC version from 1979 produced as part of the infamous 70s Bardathon. It stars John Stride (hitherto unknown to me) as Henry, with Timothy West and Claire Bloom (both very much known to me) as Cardinal Wolsey and Catherine of Aragon respectively. It also stars a young David Troughton, a young John Rhys Davies, a young Roger Lloyd Pack, and a "City of Death"-era Julian Glover.