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Richard II 

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abbot of Westminster
Daniel Boyd ...
Lord Ross
Duchess of York
Sir Stephen Scroop
Sir Henry Green
Sir John Bushy
The Queen's Serving Lady
Finbar Lynch ...
Lord Marshall
Rhodri Miles ...
Welsh Captain
Bishop of Carlisle


Fey, vain and foolish, young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl of Mowbray as a resolution to their feud and then confiscating the lands of his uncle, Bolingbroke's father John of Gaunt,on John's death, to pay for a war in Ireland which he loses. This angers many courtiers including the Duke of York, who welcomes Bolingbroke back to England, where he executes Richard's flatterers. The king himself is soon taken prisoner and murdered in his cell. Bolingbroke, now proclaiming himself Henry IV, vows a pilgrimage to atone for his part in the regicide. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 September 2013 (USA)  »

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Pembroke castle, the castle with the large tower in the film, was inherited by Richard the second following the death, in a jousting accident, of its owner John Hastings in 1389. Pembroke castle was the birthplace of the real King Henry 7th in 1457. See more »


A character uses a telescope. Richard II died in 1400. The telescope was not invented until 200 years later. See more »


King Richard: Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs. Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes write sorrow on the bosom of the earth. Let's choose executors and talk of wills. And yet not so. For what can we bequeath , save our deposed bodies to the ground? Our lands, our lives and all are Bolingbroke's. And nothing can we call our own but death. And that small model of the barren earth wich serves as paste and cover to our bones. For god's sake, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the ...
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Followed by The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2 (2012) See more »

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what a pity this Shakespeare's performance is not the most convincing.
30 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I do not appreciate Richard II in this form, too dark, too boring. Inadequate and flat actor, for the role. On the other hand, I was able to appreciate in his just value, Richard II. played by David Tennant for the RSC ( 2013 ). Excellent, fills with emotion, truthful. This actor knows how to reproduce the historic authenticity of the character. Pleasant and easy to follow for Shakespeare. I found no point of humor, nor joke in this interpretation, very seriously and perfectly played by David T. I never saw Richard II be more perfectly interpreted. I have a profound respect and a great admiration for this excellent and extraordinary actor, particularly gifted. Thank you infinitely Mr. Tennant... No other actor is more suited than David Tennant to play Shakespeare... That's why (among others thing): Before making his debuts in 1996 in Royal Shakespeare Company in "As You Like It". He becomes a member and one of the main comedians, playing among others Hamlet and Roméo. In September, 2012, David Tennant is named to the board of directors of Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011, he plays "Much ado about nothing" at Wyndhams Theatre. In April, 2016, it is him who presents the performance, live of Royal theater Shakespeare to Stratford-Upon-Avon, for the 400th anniversary of the death of the playwright. In July, 2016, David Tennant, was rewarded by Royal Academy of Scotland, and received "doctor of Drama's" title, with the honors. warm congratulations for the best Shakespearean interpreter ...

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