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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Richard III (1983, Jane Howell)

TitleRichard III
Release LocationsGB
DirectorJane Howell
MediumColor video
Length3 hrs, 50 mins
Audiencecollege and university
Play ConnectionsRichard III (teleplay)
SeriesThe Shakespeare Plays


As the grand finale for the minor tetralogy, this production follows the stylistic policies already established by director Jane Howell for the three parts of Henry VI (see 186-7, 193). Again ingenious use of extremely simple settings (based on a children's playground), along with the judicous use of mirrors for battle scenes, creates an illusion of calamitous violence and turmoil. The text is based on the 1951 Peter Alexander edition

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

Richard Duke Of GloucesterRon Cook
BuckinghamMichael Byrne
HastingsDavid Daker
Queen ElizabethRowena Cooper
Queen MargaretJulia Foster
Duchess Of YorkAnnette Crosbie
Lady AnneZoë Wanamaker

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJane Howell
ProducerShaun Sutton
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Snodin

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell