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The Old Vic Theatre Company in ‘Richard II’

Synopsis
A special recording of the Old Vic Theatre Company’s production of the play, directed by Ralph Richardson and produced for radio by John Burrell. The first transmission of this broadcast, which is also introduced by Richardson, coincided with the premiere of the play at the New Theatre, London. The music is written and conducted by Herbert Menges.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
23 Apr 1947 at 19:00 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
150 mins
Availability
No copy extant

Credits

Director
Ralph Richardson
Producer
John Burrell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Herbert Menges
Cast
Alec GuinnessKing Richard II
Margaret LeightonQueen Isabel
Ralph RichardsonJohn of Gaunt
Rosalind AtkinsonDuchess of Gloucester
Aubrey RichardsHerald
Barbara TrentSecond Lady (Lady attending the Queen)
Cecil WinterBishop of Carlisle
Charlotte BidmeadThird Lady (Lady attending the Queen)
David KentishBushy
Denis McCarthyEarl of Salisbury
Ewan RobertsBagot
Frank DuncanHarry Percy
George RelphEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
George RoseLord Marshal
Gilbert RobinsonGardener’s man (1)
James LyttonLord Berkeley
Janet JoyeDuchess of York
John ArnoldLord Fitzwalter
John BiggerstaffLord Ross
John GarleyDuke of Aumerle
Jordan LawrenceGreen
Kenneth EdwardsGardener
Michael RaghanSir Stephen Scroope
Michael WarreSir Piers Exton
Nicholas HannenHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Norma ShebbeareFirst Lady (Lady attending the Queen)
Peter CopleyThomas Mowbray
Peter VarieyCaptain of the Welsh army
Walter OuthwaiteAbbot of Westminster
William SquireLord Willoughby

Additional Details

Theatre company
Old Vic Theatre Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Broadcast as part of the Shakespeare Festival on the Third Programme. The production was transmitted in two parts: Part 1: 19.00-20.30 and Part 2: 21.00-22:00.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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