Prefaces to Shakespeare | Henry VIII

Henry VIII

Donald Sinden presents a personal view of Shakespeare's Henry VIII, referring to the politics of the age, and problems posed to the actor, especially in the wearing of the costume. Sinden played the title role in the 1969 Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Trevor Nunn. "Henry is one of those few historical characters whose appearance is known to every man in the street, because of the endless reproductions of Holbein's portrait. There he stands, this great bulk of a man, his feet astride, hands on hips, with vast hunched shoulders. All the poor actor can do is to try to look like that portrait and therein lies the problem."


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual, Plays
  • Channel: BBC Radio 4
  • Duration: 24'15''
  • Broadcast date: 1979

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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