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    I'd be very grateful for more info on the following - or better yet some help in tracking down copies!



    1 A Midsummer Night's dream (1970)







    I understand that the RSC began videotaping performances the year after Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream and that only a 10-second clip of the performance remains. There are rumours of a Japanese bootleg. Does anyone have any further information?



    2 An Age of Kings (1960)



    Is this Michael Hayes production of the Shakespeare history cycle available?



    3 (The) Wars of the Roses (1964)



    Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall. I've asked before, but you never know - anyone have a copy?



    4 The Wars of the Roses (1989)



    Michael Bogdanov & Michael Pennington directed the English Shakespeare Company



    I'd also like to see Bogdanov's



    5 Shakespeare Lives! (1982)



    and the 2006 BBC production:



    6 Imagine: Being Hamlet



    Many thanks, as always, to everyone in the forum for their help

    Richard

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    The Pennington Wars of the Roses was released on video at the time so I'd imagine there'd be copies around. The 1964 version certainly survives because I've seen it at the NFT (I wasn't terribly impressed - Peggy Ashcroft as Margaret of Anjou is certainly one for the Improbable Ages thread!) but that's not much help to you...

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    name='CaptainWaggett']The Pennington Wars of the Roses was released on video at the time so I'd imagine there'd be copies around. The 1964 version certainly survives because I've seen it at the NFT (I wasn't terribly impressed - Peggy Ashcroft as Margaret of Anjou is certainly one for the Improbable Ages thread!) but that's not much help to you...


    There's hope for the Peter Hall Roses, then. That's good news.

    I was overwhelmed by the performance - mostly I have to admit by the huge sets and by the incredible clang and clamour of the battle scenes - when I saw it as a mere slip of a lad.

    I thought Peggy did all right!



    Before:





    After:





    Here's David Warner as Henry, Donald Sinden as Gimli (sorry, York) and Brewster Mason as the Kingmaker:




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