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Richard II

Synopsis
Stage recording of Peymann’s production for the famed Berliner Ensemble transmitted on German television. Initially set in an eerie sterile monochrome landscape, the production charts the demise of Richard’s reign with flying lumps of mud and an accumulation of stage debris. With Michael Maertens in the title role and Veit Schubert as Bolingbroke.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
2 May 2003 (Channel: ZDF Theaterkanal)
Duration
159 mins

Credits

Director
Claus Peymann
Writer
Thomas Brasch; William Shakespeare
Production Design
Achim Freyer
Costume
Maria-Elena Amos
Cast
Michael MaertensKing Richard II
Katja DanowskiQueen Isabel
Martin SeifertJohn of Gaunt
Veit SchubertBolingbroke
Maria HappelDuchess of Gloucester
Alexander Doering 
Axel Werner 
Boris JacobyBagot
Carmen-Maja Antoni 
Dirk Ossig 
Goetz SchulteHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Hanna Jürgens 
Manfred KargeEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Markus MeyerDuke of Aumerle
Martin SeifertBishop of Carlisle
Matthias HerrmannLord Willoughby
Matthias HerrmannBushy
Michael RothmannThomas Mowbray
Peter Donath 
Philippe GraberGardener
Philippe GraberLord Ross
Philippe GraberGreen

Additional Details

Theatre
Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm
Theatre company
Berliner Ensemble
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1930s
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Transmission time unknown.
A viewing copy (VHS or DVD) can be ordered from the ZDF broadcasting corporation. Contact email: programmservice@zdf.de.

The production was part of the RSC’s Complete Work Festival 2006/7 and recorded by the RSC - with a slightly different cast: see separate entry.
History
Recording of a stage performance at the Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin. Previously, only extracts from the play had been transmitted on the German TV station 3Sat to celebrate the 38. German theatre festival in Berlin (1-24 May 2001). The play premiered June 30, 2000 in Berlin.
Awards
'Friedrich-Luft-Preis’ for best Berlin production in 2000.
Textual information
Translation by Thomas Brasch.

Production Company

Name

ZDF

Notes
See: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Archive

Name

Arts Institute-Theatre Institute

Email
info@institutumeni.cz
Web
http://institute.theatre.cz External site opens in new window
Phone
224 809 123
Fax
224 809 123
Address
Celetna 17
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

Distributor (Sale)

Name

ZDF - Programme Service

Email
programmservice@zdf.de
Web
http://www.theaterkanal.de/fernsehen/mitschnitt/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0049-(0)6131/70 9510
Fax
0049-(0)06131/70 9515
Address
HA ABD, Programmverwertung und -übernahme
ZDF-Straße 1
Mainz
55100
Germany

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