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Shakespeare's Henry VIII
July 22, 2012
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Bella44
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Does anyone know of any movie or TV adaptations of Henry VIII by Shakespeare? If so does anyone know where I could get hold of a copy?

And has anyone here seen the play? Smile

July 23, 2012
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Do you know what’s funny? Since I started reading Tudor History I have found Shakespeare’s Kings very pro-Tudor Laugh I had never thought about it before.
There’s two movies on this list Bella, I’ve only seen Shakespeare’s comedies at the theatre (I’m more partial to those) I haven’t seen any versions of Henry VIII yet

http://tudorhistory.org/movies/

July 25, 2012
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THanks for the list Olga. I wonder if the 1979 version of Henry VIII is out on DVD…
I’m on a bit of a Shakespeare kick at the moment as I’ve been watching ‘The Hollow Crown’ and I just wondered why they never seem to perform Henry VIII!!!!

July 26, 2012
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I’ve got a copy of Fiennes’ Corialanus they did this year to watch actually. I’ve been meaning to read Henry VIII, because I’m actually really curious to see his spin on it, obviously at the time it was written he couldn’t be too critical.
I actually don’t know how many of Shakespeare’s Kings are performed regularly other than Richard III. Old Richard makes a good villain I guess, maybe the others aren’t as exciting.

July 26, 2012
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Shakespeare just finishes Henry’s life before marrying Anne doesn’t he? Playing it very very safe. I don’t even think Anne is a major character. I’m just deducing from skimming info on it, I’ve never read it.

July 26, 2012
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Bill, apart from burning down the Globe during a performance, Henry V111 seems to be perceived as a dull play. There are no battle scenes and all of the “action” takes place in and around Court and concerns the politics and intrigue surrounding this arena. Anne is one of four central characters and the play itself was performed at the new Globe theatre in 2010 (thankfully without major incident!).

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