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Richard II: Character of a King

Synopsis
A programme for the Open University Culture and Belief in Europe 1450-1600 course.

Actors Jeremy Irons and Michael Pennington and director David Giles show how, through rehearsals, the complex role of Richard is worked out. Extracts from the play illustrate that there is no such thing as a ‘correct’ interpretation and that different ways of playing the part can be equally valid.
Series
Open University A205
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
25 Aug 1990 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
24 mins
Availability
Out of distribution (2005)

Credits

Producer
Amanda Willett
Contributor
David Giles
Cast
Jeremy IronsKing Richard II
Michael PenningtonBolingbroke
Andrew Sachs 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals

Notes

Notes
Paired with ‘RICHARD II’: POLITICS, PATRIOTISM AND AUTHORITY, A205/21V.


Clips from this programme can be accessed vi the Open University Digital Archive. A transcript is available.

The Open University’s library and archive facilities are available to students and staff of the OU only. Outside researchers wishing to gain access should contact the Librarian. A script is also available for reference.


Out of distribution (2005)

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Archive

Name

Open University Archive

Email
lib-help@open.ac.uk
Web
http://www.open.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 659 001
Address
Library Services
The Open University
Walton Hall
MILTON KEYNES MK7 6AA

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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