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King Richard III

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 Stephen Murray as Richard. Produced by Val Gielgud. M. R. Ridley introduces the play.
Series
Shakespeare’s Historical Plays
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
10 Oct 1947 at 19:40 (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
Francis de WolffKing Edward IV
Mabel Terry LewisDuchess of York
Maurice NicholasPrince Edward (Prince of Wales)
David King-WoodGeorge, Duke of Clarence
Alexander Sarner 
Andrew Churchman 
Arthur KeaneCardinal
Basil Jones 
Brendan CleggClarence’s son
Charles LefeauxLord Mayor of London
Claire BloomClarence’s daughter
Cyril GardinerSir William Catesby
David TreeEarl of Richmond
Donald GraySir James Tyrrel
Dorothy PrimroseLady Anne
Duncan CarseNarrator
Elizabeth KentishQueen Elizabeth
Gladys YoungQueen Margaret
Hugh ManningSir Richard Ratcliffe
John ByronGhost of King Henry VI
Lawrence BaskcombStanley, Earl of Derby
Marjorie Westbury 
Michael AshwinLord Rivers
Philip KnoxDuke of Norfolk
Raf de la TorreMarquis of Dorset
Richard WilliamsDuke of Buckingham
Roderick LovellLord Hastings
Stephen MurrayRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
William Trent 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Richard III
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
Last production in a series of nightly broadcasts of Shakespeare’s historical plays that the Third Programme transmitted within a single week. The play was broadcast in two parts with an interlude of music.
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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