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King Richard II

Synopsis
Radio adaptation of the play by M. R. Ridley. The production was broadcast on the Third Programme as part of a sequence of Shakespeare’s histories. With David King-Wood in the title role and Leon Quartermaine as Bolingbroke. Produced by Val Gielgud. M. R. Ridley introduces the play.
Series
Shakespeare’s Historical Plays
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
5 Oct 1947 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
150 mins
Availability
No archive copy found.

Credits

Producer
Val Gielgud
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Antony Hopkins
Adaptor for Radio
Maurice Roy Ridley
Cast
David King-WoodKing Richard II
Rachel GurneyQueen Isabel
Baliol HollowayJohn of Gaunt
Leon QuartermaineBolingbroke
Basil JonesCaptain of the Welsh army
Charles LefeauxBagot
Claire BloomLady attending the Queen
David TreeDuke of Aumerle
Duncan CarseNarrator
Felix IrwinLord Willoughby
Harry CooperGroom of King Richard’s stable
Hugh ManningThomas Mowbray
John BarronGreen
Laidman BrowneHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Leonard SachsSir Piers Exton
Lewis CassonEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Lionel StevensBushy
Lionel StevensKeeper of the prison at Pomfret
Peter CreswellBishop of Carlisle
Peter MullinsHarry Percy
Philip KnoxLord Ross
Richard ScottEarl of Salisbury
Richard WilliamsLord Berkeley
Roger DelgadoSir Stephen Scroope
Susan RichardsDuchess of York

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
According to the programme notes in Radio Times, the object of this series is to emphasise the inter-relation of the plays. The continuity is emphasised by casting and by incidental music specially composed by Antony Hopkins.
History
First in a series of nightly broadcasts of Shakespeare’s historical plays that the Third Programme transmitted within a single week.
Textual information
A written transcript of the production is held at the Birmingham Central Library as part of their Shakespeare Collection.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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