Richard II - The BBC Shakespeare Collection DVD - NEW & SEALED
"You may my glories and my state depose,
But not my griefs; still I am king of those."
Starring Sir John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Jon Finch, Wendy Hiller and Mary Morris...
Richard II, who ascended to the throne as a young man, is a regal and stately monarch. He believes he is the rightful ruler of England, ordained by God, yet he is a weak and ineffective king - wasteful in his spending habits, unwise in his choice of counsellors and detached from his country and its people. When he seizes the land of his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, both the commoners and the king's noblemen decide that their king has gone too far.
This production boasted the most distinguished cast of the entire project, with Derek Jacobi in the title role and Sir John Gielgud as John of Gaunt. Perfectly suited to a play that consists entirely of verse, their efforts were augmented by a studio set that enabled the director to reflect an intense psychological struggle as well as a taut political drama.
In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors. The full listing of plays are shown below.
We have all the other DVDs available in this series which is part of William Shakespeare - A Complete Collection a BBC production of Shakespeare plays from 1978-1985 starring a list of some of our best loved actors and actresses such as Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Felicity Kendall, John Cleese, Diana Rigg, the list goes on and on...
PLEASE NOTE : This is the official and original Full Size DVD case version produced for the UK market - NEW and SEALED
- Universal For All Classification (Suitable For All)