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Shakespeare in the Heilbrun Music & Media Library: A Guide to Audio and Visual Resources: Histories

A curated list of audio and video recordings of Shakespeare's plays available for check-out in the Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library

Histories in the Collection

 "Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe." - King Richard III

Peace, ye fat-guts* and lumps of foul deformity!** Want to see and hear more mellifluous monikers and pithy aphorisms from Shakespeare's histories? If so, check out the titles listed below. By clicking on a link, you will be taken to the catalog record in discoverE where you can find bibliographical information for each item as well as call numbers and availability details.

 

*Henry IV, Part I

**Richard III: Act 1, Scene 2

  

Histories in the DVD-Lend Collection

From the DVD-LEND Collection:

Henry IV, V, VI, & VIII

  • Henry IV. Part 1 (2000)
    •  by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; director, David Giles. 
  • Henry IV. Part 1 (2010)
    • Shakespeare's Globe presents ; by William Shakespeare ; stage director, Dominic Dromgoole ; screen director, Robin Lough ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan. 
  • Henry IV. Part 2 (2010)
    • Shakespeare's Globe presents ; by William Shakespeare ; stage director, Dominic Dromgoole ; screen director, Ross MacGibbon ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan.
  • Henry V (1979)
    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; director, David Giles. 
  • Henry V (1989)
    • Orion Pictures ; Renaissance Films PLC, in association with the BBC and Curzon Film Distributors Ltd. ; adapted for the screen by Kenneth Branagh ; produced by Bruce Sharman ; directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • Henry V (1944)
    • produced and directed by Laurence Olivier.
  • Henry VI. Part 1 (1983)
    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Jane Howell. 
  • Henry VI. Part 2 (1983)
    •  by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Jane Howell. 
  • Henry VI. Part 3 (1983)
    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Jane Howell. 
  • Henry VIII (1979)
    • / by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; director, Kevin Billington. 
  • Henry VIII (2010)
    • / Shakespeare's Globe presents ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan ; stage director, Mark Rosenblatt ; screen director, Robin Lough. 
  • The second part of King Henry the Fourth containing his death and the coronation of King Henry the Fifth (1979)
    • by William Shakespeare ; a BBC-TV production in association with Time-Life Television ; producer, Cedric Messina ; director, David Giles. 

King Richard II & III 

  • The life and death of King Richard III (1912)
    •  the American Film Institute presents ; M.B. Dudley presents ; directed by James Keane ; Richard III Film Co. Inc. 
  • Looking for Richard (based on Richard III) (1996)
    • Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a Jam production ; a film by Al Pacino ; narration written by Al Pacino & Frederic Kimball ; produced by Michael Hadge & Al Pacino ; directed by Al Pacino. 
  • Richard II (1984)
    •  by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; directed by David Giles. 
  • Richard II (1985)
    •  by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; directed by David Giles. 
  • Richard III (1982)
    • by William Shakespeare ; a presentation of the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Shaun Sutton ; director, Jane Howell. 
  • Richard III (1955)
    • a London Film ; Laurence Olivier presents ; produced and directed by Laurence Olivier ; [textual alterations, Colley Cibber, David Garrick]. 
  • Richard III (1955)
    • Janus Films ; a London film ; Laurence Olivier presents ; by William Shakespeare ; with some interpolations by David Garrick, Colley Cibber, etc. ; produced and directed by Laurence Olivier ; produced at Shepperton Studios England.

​King John

  • The life & death of King John (1984)
    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; produced by Shaun Sutton ; director, David Giles. 

Pericles

  • Pericles (1996)
    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; produced by Shaun Sutton ; directed by David Jones.

Multi-work sets / Works based on multiple plays

  • An age of kings a cycle of the history plays of William Shakespeare (1960)
    • script editor, Eric Crozier ; directed by Michael Hayes ; produced by Peter Dews ; BBC TV. 
  • Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight (1939)
    • Adapted from four plays by William Shakespeare: Henry IV, Henry V, Richard II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor ; with narration based on Holinshed's Chronicles.
  • My Own Private Idaho (loosely based on Henry IV Pt.1-2 and Henry V) (1991)
    • Fine Line Features ; New Line Cinema presents ; a film by Gus Van Sant ; produced by Laurie Parker ; screenplay by Gus Van Sant. 
  • Shakespeare uncovered (2013)
    • disc 1. Macbeth / produced and directed by Nicola Stockley; Twelfth Night & As you like it / produced and directed by Janice Sutherland; Richard II / produced and directed by John Holdsworth -- disc 2. Henry IV & Henry V / produced and directed by Richard Denton; Hamlet / produced and directed by Nicola Stockley; The Tempest / produced and directed by Nicola Stockley. 
  • Silent Shakespeare (1899)
    • King John (Britain, 1899, 3 min.) / directed by Walter Pfeffer Dando...[et al.] -- The Tempest (Britain, 1908, 12 min.) / directed by Percy Stow -- A Midsummer night's dream (USA, 1909, 11 min.) / directed by James Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent -- King Lear (Italy, 1910, 16 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Twelfth Night (USA, 1910, 13 min) / directed by Charles Kent, produced by J. Stuart Blackton -- The Merchant of Venice (Italy, 1910, 10 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Richard III (Britain, 1911, 22 min.) 

 

Histories in the CD Collection

From the CD Collection:

Henry IV, V, VI & VIII

  • Henry V. Selections; Arranged (1990)
    • Arr., from selections of the film music, for speaker, mixed chorus (SATB), boy's choir, and orchestra. Program notes and texts with German and French translations (35 p. : ports.) inserted in container. 
  • Henry V a musical scenario after Shakespeare (1990)
    • Arr., from selections of the film music, for speaker, mixed chorus (SATB), boy's choir, and orchestra. Program notes and texts with German and French translations (35 p. : ports.) inserted in container. 
  • Henry V a Shakespeare scenario (2002)
    • Arrangments of music written for the 1944 film; arranged for speaker, chorus and orchestra by Christopher Palmer. Accompanies v. 10, no. 7 (Mar. 2002) issue of BBC Music Magazine. Program and biographical notes by Malcolm Hayes and biographical notes laid in container. 
  • William Shakespeare Henry IV part one (2003)
    • Unabridged, dramatized. "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list. 
  • William Shakespeare's Henry IV part two (2003)
    • "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container.  Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Henry V (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container.  Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container.
  • William Shakespeare's Henry VI. part 3 (2003)
    • Unabridged, dramatized.  "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Insert contains a brief summary of each scene. 
  • William Shakespeare's Henry VIII (2003)
    • Unabridged, dramatized.  "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Insert contains a brief summary of each scene. 

King Richard II &III

  • Richard III a Shakespeare scenario: Macbeth Fanfare and march (1991)
    • Motion picture music (1st and 3rd works) and incidental music for the play (2nd work). Words in English. Program notes by Christopher Palmer in English with French and German translations (15 p. : ill.) in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Richard II (2003)
    • "A companion to The Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Plot summary and complete cast list ([1] folded sheet) inserted in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Richard III (2003)
    • "A companion to The Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Plot summary and complete cast list ([1] folded sheet) inserted in container.

King John

  • William Shakespeare's King John (2003)
    • "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Insert contains a brief summary of each scene.

Pericles

  • William Shakespeare's Pericles (2003)
    • Unabridged, dramatized. "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list. 
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