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      /RICHARD II/ (1978)


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    • Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
    • Certificate: U
    • Running Time: Approx. 158 minutes
    • Type: Fullscreen

    • Originally Transmitted: 10th December 1978
    • Dvd Release Date: 2005
    • Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
    • Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
    • Format: Colour Dvd Pal

    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English sdh
    • Audio: Mono
    • Format: 4:3

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      ~ All Rights Reserved

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      A TRAGEDIE

      In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

      “You may my glories and my state depose, But not my griefs; still I am king of those.”

      Richard II, who ascended to the throne as a young man, is a regal and stately monarch. He believes he is the rightful ruler of England, ordained by God, yet he is a weak and ineffective king – wasteful in his spending habits, unwise in his choice of counsellors, and detached from his country and its people. When he seizes the land of his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, both the commoners and the king’s noblemen decide that their king has gone too far. . .

      This production boasted the most distinguished cast of the entire project, with Derek Jacobi in the title role and John Gielgud as John of Gaunt. Perfectly suited to a play that consists entirely of verse, their efforts were augmented by a studio set that enable the director to reflect an intense psychological struggle as well as a taut political drama.


      Enter King Richard and John of Gaunt, with the Lord Marshall, other nobles, and attendants . . .

      King Richard

      “Hast thou according to thy oath and bond
      Brought hither Henry Hereford, thy bold son,
      Here to make good the boist’rous late appeal,
      Which then our leisure would not let us hear,
      Against the Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Mowbray?”

      Derek Jacobi
      with
      John Gielgud
      and
      Jon Finch | Wendy Hiller | Charles Gray
      and Mary Morris

      Directed by David Giles
      Produced by Cedric Messina

      William Shakespeare
      Hys Most Excellent

      The Tragedy Of
      King Richard the Second
      RICHARD
      II



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      DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

      Cast overview, first billed only

    • Derek Jacobi ... Richard II
    • John Gielgud ... John of Gaunt
    • Jon Finch ... Henry Bolingbroke
    • Wendy Hiller ... Duchess of York
    • Charles Gray ... Duke of York
    • Mary Morris ... Duchess of Gloucester
    • David Swift ... Duke of Northumberland
    • Clifford Rose ... Bishop of Carlisle
    • Charles Keating ... Duke of Aumerle
    • Richard Owens ... Thomas Mowbray
    • Janet Maw ... Queen
    • Jeffrey Holland ... Duke of Surrey
    • Jeremy Bulloch ... Henry Percy

    • Robin Sachs ... Bushy
    • Damien Thomas ... Bagot
    • Alan Dalton ... Green
    • David Dodimead ... Lord Ross
    • John Flint ... Lord Willoughby
    • Carl Oatley ... Earl Berkeley
    • William Whymper ... Sir Stephen Scroop
    • John Barcroft ... Earl of Salisbury
    • David Garfield ... Welsh Captain
    • Desmond Adams ... Sir Pierce of Exton
    • Joe Ritchie ... Groom
    • Paddy Ward ... Keeper
    • Bruno Barnabe ... Abbot of Westminster
    • Jonathan Adams ... Gardener
    • Alan Collins ... Gardener's Man
    • John Curless ... Lord Fitzwater
    • Terry Wright ... Murderer
    • Ronald Fernee ... Servant
    • Tim Brown ... Herald
    • Mike Lewin ... Herald
    • Phillida Sewell ... Queen's Lady
    • Sandra Frieze ... Queen's Lady

      • Director: David Giles
      • Produced: Cedric Messina
      • Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play

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      ABOUT RICHARD II

      Richard II, after poisoning his uncle, ascends the throne of England but his cousin Bolingbroke raises an army against Richard, and after a bloody war executes him at Pomfret Castle. Bolingbroke crowns himself Henry IV . . . So begins the War Of The Roses . . . The subject matter of Richard II seemed inflammatorily topical to Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Richard, who had notoriously indulged his favourites, had been compelled to yield his throne to Henry Bolingbroke, Earl of Hereford: like Richard, the ageing Queen Elizabeth had no obvious successor, and she too encouraged favourites – when the play first appeared in print in 1597 and the two succeeding editions the episode showing Richard yielding the crown was omitted . . .




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