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Richard II: Casting a King

Synopsis
Educational videotape. Casting often determines where an audience’s sympathy lies; choosing an actor to play a major role like Richard II or Bolingbroke can be a complex procedure, often requiring a specialist with considerable knowledge. This programme looks at three different renditions of Shakespeare’s deposed king as interpreted by Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, and Fiona Shaw. Wendy Spon, head of casting at the Royal National Theatre, discusses some of the chief considerations for making these choices. Presented by Penelope Rixon.
Series
Staging Dreams: Casting and Interpreting Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1998
Duration
33 mins

Credits

Contributor
Derek Jacobi; Fiona Shaw; Ian McKellen; Penelope Rixon; Wendy Spon

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
gender representation; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Casting (roles); Gender reversal

Notes

Notes
Only available in the USA and Canada.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

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USA
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