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Richard II

Synopsis
Video recording of Zoe Caldwell’s 1979 production of Richard II for the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. Three actors alternated the role of King Richard.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
6 Jun 1979

Credits

Director
Zoe Caldwell
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Berthold Carriere
Production Design
Daphne Dare
Costume
Daphne Dare
Cast
Stephen RussellKing Richard II
Marti MaradenQueen Isabel
William NeedlesJohn of Gaunt
Rod BeattieBolingbroke
Aemilia HallDuchess of Gloucester
Barrie WoodLord Berkeley
Christopher BlakeCaptain of the Welsh army
David DunbarSir Stephen Scroope
Edward EvankoBagot
Eric DonkinEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Geordie JohnsonAbbot of Westminster
Jessica BookerDuchess of York
Joel KenyonLord Marshal
Joel KenyonDuke of Surrey
Joel KenyonLord Willoughby
John WojdaGreen
Lorne KennedyDuke of Aumerle
Michael TotzkeHarry Percy
Peter Donaldson (2)Gardener
Peter Donaldson (2)Earl of Salisbury
Richard HardacreLord Fitzwalter
Richard HardacreLord Ross
Rodger BartonThomas Mowbray
Rodger BartonSir Piers Exton
Rodger BartonGardener
Ted FollowsHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Wilfrid DubeBushy
William NeedlesBishop of Carlisle

Additional Details

Theatre
Avon Theatre
Theatre company
Stratford Shakespeare Company, Ontario
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Alternating roles; Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival

Notes

Notes
The production alternated three actors in the role of Richard (Frank Maraden, Nicholas Pennell and Stephen Russell). The Festival Archive has videotaped recordings of all three performances. The critical response was that the alternation had more to do with giving more actors more work than it was making an informed comment about King Richard or the play (as with Ian Richardson and Richard Pasco alternating the roles of Richard and Bolingbroke in the RSC production).
History
The production ran in repertory 6 June-3 November 1979
Reviews
Berry, Ralph. Shakespeare Quarterly 31 (1980): 167-75.

Archive

Name

Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival Archive

Contact
ECharendoff@stratfordshakespearefestival.com (Archives Co-ordinator)
Web
https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AboutUs/OurHistory/ArchivesServices External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 519-271 1040
Fax
+1 519-271-1040
Address
350 Douro Street
P.O. Box 520
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario
N5A 3S7
Canada

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