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Richard III (1911, F. R. Benson)

TitleRichard III
Release LocationsGB
DirectorF. R. Benson
MediumBlack & white video
Length16 mins
Play ConnectionsRichard III (abridgment)


A silent movie probably produced under the auspices of the British entrepreneur and film pioneer, William George Barker. The first two scenes were taken from King Henry the Sixth, Part Three, a common stage tradition since Colley Cibber's eighteenth-century production. Olivier's famous King Richard III uses the same tactic (see 503). Cast credits given below are from the performance of the F.R. Benson company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre on Apr. 21, 1911. Not all of these actors necessarily appeared in the screen version

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

King Edward IVAlfred Brydone
Edward Prince Of WalesKathleen Yorke
Richard Duke Of YorkBetty Kenyon
George Duke Of ClarenceMurray Carrington
Richard IIIF. R. Benson
Henry Earl Of RichmondEric Maxon
Duke Of BuckinghamJ. Moffat Johnston
Duke Of NorfolkJames Maclean
Earl Of SurreyVictor McClure
Earl RiversRupert L. Conrick
Earl Of OxfordGeorge Manship
Lord HastingsHarry Caine
Lord StanleyWilfred W. Caithness
Sir Richard RatcliffL. Rupert
CatesbyAlfred Wild
Sir James TyrrellH. James
Sir James BlountCecil Dighton
BrackenburyJohn Howell
Lord Mayor Of LondonJ. Victor
Elizabeth, Queen Of Edward IVViolet Farebrother
Duchess Of York, Mother To King Edward IVElinor Aickin
Lady AnneLady Constance Benson
Second MurdererA. Wild
First MurdererH. O. Nicholson
King Henry VIJames Berry

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorF. R. Benson
ProducerWill Barker
ProducerG. W. Jones

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell