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Richard II

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1990 production of Richard II. Directed by Ron Daniels with Alex Jennings as Richard.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
19 Jan 1991
Duration
195 mins

Credits

Director
Ron Daniels
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Orlando Gough
Production Design
Antony McDonald
Cast
Alex JenningsKing Richard II
Yolanda VazquezQueen Isabel
Alan MacNaughtanJohn of Gaunt
Anton LesserBolingbroke
Margaret RobertsonDuchess of Gloucester
Alec LinsteadLord Ross
Alec LinsteadGardener
Bernard WrightSir Stephen Scroope
Bill McGuirkLord Berkeley
Callum DixonBoy/Groom/Herald 2
David WallerEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Dominic MafhamLord Fitzwalter
Dominic MafhamBushy
George AntonHarry Percy
Jamie HindeGardener’s man
Jamie HindeHerald 1
John BottBishop of Carlisle
John HodgkinsonMan
John HodgkinsonCaptain of the Welsh army
Linus RoacheDuke of Aumerle
Lucy SlaterLady-in-Waiting
Marjorie YatesDuchess of York
Michael BottDuke of Surrey
Mike DowlingThomas Mowbray
Paul JessonHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Penny JonesSister of Mercy
Richard AveryLord Willoughby
Richard AveryAbbot of Westminster
Ross HarveyKeeper of the prison at Pomfret
Rowena KingLady-in-Waiting
Shura GreenbergYork’s serving man (Servant)
Vincent ReganGreen

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
The costuming seemed to belong to the 17th century, but with Jennings wearing modern pyjamas in the final scenes.
History
Press night 7 November 1990
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Smallwood, Robert. Shakespeare Quarterly 42 (1991), pp345-59 (review article).

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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