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Sir John Oldcastle


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by MICHAEL DRAYTON and others in a version by BRETT USHER
Oldcastle, on whom
Shakespeare based his character Falstaff, was hanged as a traitor in 1417. Later Shakespeare's rivals, the Admiral's Men, commissioned a play that was to be 'a true and honourable history of Sir John Oldcastle ' as a counterblast to Shakespeare's treatment.


Unknown: Michael Drayton
Unknown: Sir John Oldcastle
Directed By: Martin Jenkins
Sir John Oldcastle the Lord Cobham: Bernard Hepton
Sir John of Wrotham: Joss Ackland
Henry V: Anton Lesser
Lady Cobham: Hilda Schroder
The Bishop of Rochester: Hugh Dickson
Powis/Aleman: John Bott
Herbert/Cromer/Mayor: Stephen Thorne
Suffolk: Geoffrey Collins
Butler: Mark Straker
Bourn/soldier/jailer: Michael Jenner
Harpool: Gordon Reid
Sumner/Scroop: Adrian Egan
Acton/Constable: Jon Strickland
Murley/Judge: Timothy Bateson
Priest/McShane: Sean Barrett
Beverley/Sir Richard Lee: Bernard Brown
Doll: Carole Boyd
Grey/Tom: Paul Ridley
Cambridge/dick: Gareth Armstrong
Lady Powis: Margot Boyd
Prologue/Huntingdon: Brett Usher
Chartres/Lieutenant of the Tower: David Garth

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