Henry VIII (film)

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Henry VIII
Directed by Will Barker
Produced by Will Barker
Herbert Tree
Written by William Shakespeare (play)
John Fletcher (play)
Herbert Tree
Starring Arthur Bourchier
Herbert Tree
Violet Vanbrugh
Cinematography Will Barker
Edited by Will Barker
Barker Films
Distributed by Globe Films
Release date
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent
English intertitles

Henry VIII is a 1911 British silent historical film directed by Will Barker and starring Arthur Bourchier, Herbert Tree and Violet Vanbrugh.[1] It is based on William Shakespeare and John Fletcher's play Henry VIII. Tree was paid £1,000 for his role as Cardinal Wolsey which was revealed as part of the film's publicity.[2] The writer Louis N. Parker was employed as an advisor regarding historical accuracy.

The film's success sparked a mini-boom in Shakespeare adaptations.[3]



  1. ^ "Advertising". The Brisbane Courier. 3 June 1911. p. 2. Retrieved 8 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Oakley p.58
  3. ^ Macnab p.19


  • Macnab, Geoffrey. Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema. Cassell, 2000.
  • Oakley, Charles. Where We Came In: Seventy Years of the British Film Industry. Routledge, 2013.

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