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Life and Death of King Richard III, The: A Tragedy of Sin and Retribution

Alternative title
Richard III
Synopsis
Radio adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by John Powell. With Paul Daneman in the title role and Ian McKellen as Lord Hastings; Judi Dench plays Lady Anne. With music composed by Steve Race and played by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Marcus Dods; and the BBC Chorus, conducted by James Gaddam. Special sound by the BBC Radiophonic workshop arranged by David Cain.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Recording date
24 Jun 1967
Transmission details
23 Nov 1967 at 19:30 (Channel: BBC Third Programme)
Duration
152 mins

Credits

Producer
John Powell (2)
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Steve Race
Adaptor for Radio
John Powell (2)
Cast
Anthony JacksonKing Edward IV
Sylvia ColeridgeDuchess of York
Christopher BarringtonPrince Edward (Prince of Wales)
Derek LamdenRichard, the young Duke of York
Martin JarvisGeorge, Duke of Clarence
Anthony ViccarsEarl of Oxford
Barbara MitchellQueen Elizabeth
Beatrix LehmannQueen Margaret
Christopher BidmeadGhost of King Henry VI
Christopher BidmeadLord Rivers
Denys HawthorneSir Richard Ratcliffe
Denys HawthorneCitizen
Gary WatsonDuke of Buckingham
Harold KasketSir Robert Brackenbury
Ian McKellenLord Hastings
Ian ThompsonCitizen
Ian ThompsonMurderer (1)
James McManusCitizen
James McManusMurderer (2)
Judi DenchLady Anne
Keith GrenvilleStanley, Earl of Derby
Nigel AnthonyGhost of Prince Edward
Paul DanemanRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
Peter MarinkerSir William Catesby
Richard BriersEarl of Richmond
Richard HurndallBishop of Ely
Ronald HerdmanLord Mayor of London
Ronald HerdmanDuke of Norfolk
Trader FaulknerSir James Tyrrel
Trader FaulknerCitizen

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
Duration time includes a ten-minute interval at 21.25.
General
Eight days were spent on rehearsals and recording. Cf. Margaret Horsfield, Shakespeare on Radio (Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1978), p. 89.
Reviews
For John Powell’s comments on the soundscape of this production see ‘The Life and Death of King Richard III’ in Radio Times, 16 November 1967, p. 59.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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