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Deposing of a King, The

Synopsis
Second episode in a fifteen-part televised series comprising Shakespeare’s history plays from Richard II to Richard III (the two tetralogies), effectively presenting a chronological history of British royalty from 1377 to 1485. This episode covers Richard II, Acts III-V.
Series
Age of Kings, An
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
12 May 1960 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Hayes
Producer
Peter Dews
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Christopher Whelen
Art Direction
Stanley Morris
Contributor
Arthur Bliss; Eric Crozier; Lionel Salter
Cast
David WilliamKing Richard II
Tom FlemingHenry Bolingbroke (Bolingbroke)
Anthony ValentineExton’s man
Eileen AtkinsLady attending the Queen
Geoffrey BayldonEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
George A. CooperHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Gordon GostelowLord Willoughby
Gordon GostelowGardener
John GreenwoodDuke of Aumerle
Julian GloverGroom of King Richard’s stable
Juliet CookeQueen
Maggie BartonLady attending the Queen
Mary LawDuchess of York
Michael Graham CoxAbbot of Westminster
Michael Graham CoxKeeper of the prison at Pomfret
Robert LangSir Piers Exton
Sean ConneryHarry Percy
Terence LodgeServant

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Eternity of Kings, An

Notes

Notes
Commercially available on DVD as part of a 5-disc box set from BBC Warner (released March 2009). A written transcript of the series is being held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.
General
As Michael Brooke notes, this production was "the most conceptually ambitious Shakespeare project ever attempted for either film or television." Each episode involved expenses of £4.000 and a cast of 600. The rehearsal period took thirty weeks.
Figures
Reaction Index 80 (BBC Audience Research). The Reaction Index is a measurement of the quality
and success of the programme with the audience who had watched it. It is based on a range of 0 to 100.)
Awards
Directors Guild of Great Britain Award for Excellence in Directing (Peter Dews)

1962 The George Foster Peabody Award
Textual information
Script editor Michael Cozier cut the texts into 60 -75 minute episodes which, for the most part, comprised half a complete play.
Reviews
Michael Brooke, "Age of Kings, An (1960)", http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527213/index.html

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/527213/index.html

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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