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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Richard III (1965, Michael Hayes)

TitleRichard III
Release LocationsGB
DirectorMichael Hayes
MediumBlack & white video
Length2 hrs, 15 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsRichard III (recording)
SeriesWars of the Roses


Originally conceived and directed for the Stratford RSC stage by John Barton and Peter Hall, this series of programs rearranges the minor tetralogy (three parts of Henry VI and Richard III) into three plays, called Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III. Each segment in turn was three hours in length (see also 183-84). The result is something more than a mere recording of a stage play. Twelve cameras taped the performers who acted on a stage that had been extended forty feet by boarding over orchestra seats. The effect was to achieve a sense of space for the battle scenes that was lacking in the original stage production. Rehearsal and recording took eight weeks. By working closely with the RSC and taping in their own theatre, the producer got a sense of continuity and unity that might otherwise have been lacking in so sprawling a venture

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

Edward IVRoy Dotrice
Prince EdwardFergus McClelland
Prince EdwardAlan Tucker
ClarenceCharles Kay
GloucesterIan Holm
RichardPaul Martin
RichmondEric Porter
Bishop Of ElyMichael Rose
BuckinghamWilliam Squire
NorfolkDavid Hargreaves
RiversDerek Waring
OxfordMaurice Jones
HastingsHugh Sullivan
DerbyJohn Hussey
RatcliffJohn Corvin
CatesbyCharles Thomas
TyrrelHenry Knowles
Lt. Of TowerTed Valentine
Lord MayorMalcolm Webster
Princess ElizabethKatharine Barker
Queen ElizabethSusan Engel
MargaretPeggy Ashcroft
Duchess Of YorkMadoline Thomas
Lady AnneJanet Suzman
MurderersPhilip Brack
CitizensJeffery Dench
MessengersDavid Morton
CastAnthony Boden
CastMurray Brown
CastDonald Burton
CastDavid Ellison
CastTerence Greenidge
CastMarshall Jones
King Henry VIDavid Warner

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMichael Hayes
DirectorRobin Midgeley
ProducerMichael Barry
EditorRoy Clarke
ComposerGordon Bennett
ComposerGuy Woolfenden
Adaptor/TranslatorJohn Barton
Stage DirectorPeter Hall
CostumesAnn Curtis
MakeupAnn Henderson
LightingRobert Wright
ProductionJohn Bury

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell