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Richard the Third, The Tragedy of

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
Television production with Ron Cook in the title role.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
31 Mar 1982
Transmission details
23 Jan 1983 at 19:15 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
230 mins

Credits

Director
Jane Howell
Producer
Shaun Sutton
Writer
William Shakespeare
Costume
John Peacock
Art Direction
Oliver Bayldon
Contributor
David Snodin
Cast
Brian ProtheroeKing Edward IV
Annette CrosbieDuchess of York
Dorian FordPrince Edward (Prince of Wales)
Jeremy DimmickRichard, the young Duke of York
Paul JessonGeorge, Duke of Clarence
Alex GuardMarquis of Dorset
Anne CarrollJane Shore
Antony BrownSir Richard Ratcliffe
Arthur CoxLord Grey
Arthur CoxLord Mayor of London
Bernard HillMurderer (1)
Brian DeaconEarl of Richmond
Brian DeaconFirst Messenger (Messenger)
Brian DeaconCitizen
David BurkeSir William Catesby
David DakerLord Hastings
Derek FarrEarl of Surrey
Derek FarrSir Robert Brackenbury
Derek FukeSir Thomas Vaughan
Derek FukeMurderer (2)
Julia FosterQueen Margaret
Mark Wing-DaveySir James Tyrrel
Mark Wing-DaveyFirst Citizen
Michael ByrneDuke of Buckingham
Nick RedingGhost of Prince of Wales (Ghost of Prince Edward)
Oengus MacNamaraLord Lovell
Oengus MacNamaraHalberdier
Patsy KensitLady Margaret Plantagenet (Clarence’s daughter)
Paul ChapmanLord Rivers
Peter BensonGhost of King Henry VI
Peter WyattDuke of Norfolk
Ron CookRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
Rowena CooperQueen Elizabeth
Rusty LivingstonePage
Stephen RooneyEdward Plantagenet
Tenniel EvansArchbishop of York (Cardinal)
Tenniel EvansStanley, Earl of Derby
Zoë WanamakerLady Anne

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Richard III
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
Related items
Richard III
Richard III

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry).
History
This production is part of the fifth season (producer: Shaun Sutton). It was recorded in seven days.
Stills
The set is based on a children’s playground and mirrors used for battle scenes. Director Jane Howell directed the entire minor tetralogy (the three parts of Henry VI plus King Richard III). All four productions have the same cast, set, and conceptual approach.
Textual information
Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Neil Taylor, "Two Types of Television Shakespeare", Shakespeare Survey, Volume 39: Shakespeare on Film and Television (Cambridge, 1987), pp. 103-111.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Sponsor

Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

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