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The Tragedy of King Richard II (1970)

The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare. The actions and repercussions of a proud King, whose vanity and selfishness lead to his downfall.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... King Richard II
Timothy West ... Henry Bolingbroke
Robert Eddison ... Duke of York
Paul Hardwick ... John of Gaunt
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Duchess of York
Trevor Martin Trevor Martin ... Earl of Northumberland
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Bishop of Carlisle
James Laurenson ... Sir Pierce of Exton
Lucy Fleming ... Queen Isabella
Charmian Eyre Charmian Eyre ... Duchess of Gloucester / Lady-in-waiting
Terence Wilton Terence Wilton ... Duke of Aumerle
Stephen Greif ... Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk / Welsh Captain
David Calder ... Lord Ross / Groom
Michael Spice Michael Spice ... Lord Willoughby
Richard Morant ... Earl of Salisbury
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The Tragedy of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare. The actions and repercussions of a proud King, whose vanity and selfishness lead to his downfall.

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30 July 1970 (UK) See more »

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A young Ian McKellen shows his promise
29 November 2006 | by mkb-8See all my reviews

Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II were successful stage productions recorded in the studio for BBC Television in the early days of colour transmissions. At that time only the recently inaugurated BBC 2 channel was broadcasting in colour and the new TV sets were very expensive.

I was a university student at the time and watched these outstanding productions in the colour TV lounge in my hall of residence. I've remembered them vividly ever since, particularly the young Ian McKellen's highly charged and sensual performances in the title roles.

Those were less enlightened times and young Ian was still firmly 'in the closet' but to my youthful mind his gay sensibility was more than evident, especially in the role of Edward II.

These landmark productions are crying out for a DVD release.


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