Shakespeare Unbard Episode 03. Henry VI, Part One: The play that's so bad scholars are desparate to prove Shakespeare didn't write it.

Often maligned, not just in this century, but in all of them, Henry VI Part One is considered to be such a bad play that there's a popular theory that Shakespeare didn't write it. Joel Fishbane suspects the theory was developed more to spare the scholar than out of concern for Shakespeare's ego. Also: the show is summarized in one minute and the adaptations An Age of Kings and The HollowCrown are discussed.

On this episode, you'll hear quotes and clips from:

Howell, Jane. dir. The First Part of the Life of King Henry the Sixth.  BBC, 1983.

Shakespeare, William. The First Part of the Life of King Henry the Sixth. (The Riverside Shakespeare) Houghton and Mifflin, 1974.

Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Librivox Recording

Shakespeare, William. The First Part of the Life of King Henry the Sixth. Librivox Recording. 

REVIEWED:

Cooke, Dominic, dir. The Hollow Crown: King Henry VI Part One. BBC, 2012.

An Age of Kings. BBC, 1960.

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