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Richard II (1950)

TitleRichard II
Release LocationsGB
Play ConnectionsRichard II (teleplay)


Royston Morley's Richard II is the first full-length television treatment of an English history play, a kind of precursor to subsequent extravaganzas such as An Age of Kings. To that end the BBC committed over £2,000, elaborate sets, and a cast of thirty-six. At one point a professional boxing match threatened to usurp the 8:00 o'clock time slot but apparently that menace evaporated for the production is listed as starting at 8:00 P.M (WAC T5/430 2 Nov. 1950)

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

RichardAlan Wheatley
GauntHenry Oscar
BolingbrokeClement McCallin
AumerleBrian Nissen
MowbrayLeonard Sachs
SurreyLeonard Sachs
SalisburyHorace Sequeira
BerkeleyCecil Brock
LordDenis Holmes
BushyRichard Gilbert
Bagot/ExtonPhilip Dale
GreenDenis Holmes
NorthumberlandPatrick Barr
Henry PercyRichard Bebb
Ross/HeraldJohn Witty
Willoughby/HeraldGeoffrey Wearing
FitzwaterCecil Brock
CarlisleGeorge Skillan
MarshalOliver Burt
ScroopOliver Burt
Welsh CaptainJames Wellman
GardenerGeorge Woodbridge
QueenJoy Shelton
Duchess of YorkMary Hinton
YorkArthur Wontner
Duchess of GloucesterEileen Thorndike
LadyPatricia Gilder
LadyViola Johnstone
GaolerJohn Baker
Servant/GroomHugh Munro
ServantJames Wellman

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerRoyston Morley
ProducerGraeme Muir
Stage ManagerPamela Barnard
Stage ManagerJoan Bell
ProductionBarry Learoyd

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell