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Richard II (1982)

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


William Woodman


William Shakespeare (play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Shenar ... Bolingbroke
Peter MacLean ... Duke of York
John Devlin John Devlin ... Earl of Northumberland
Jeff Pomerantz ... Thomas Mowbray
John McLiam ... John of Gaunt
Logan Ramsey ... Bishop of Carlisle
Nan Martin ... Duchess of York
DeVeren Bookwalter ... Duke of Aumerle
Jay Robinson ... Gardener
Nicholas Hammond ... Hotspur
William Bassett ... Lord Marshal
Charles Berendt Charles Berendt ... Second gardener
Lanny Broyles Lanny Broyles ... Keeper
Matt Conley Matt Conley ... Lord Willoughby
Jay T. Loudenback Jay T. Loudenback ... Bushy


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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A video of what is supposed to be an Elizabethan style production
1 October 2004 | by kayesterSee all my reviews

I've thought about this video a few times since I saw it, mostly because I've been undecided as to whether it works or not. In the end, I am swayed by my rereading of the play to feel it does work. The key to seeing it this way is to recognize that Shakespeare's King Richard II is an exceedingly vain monarch, acting always without considering the repercussions of his sometimes thoughtless actions. David Birney captures this vanity quite well in the first half of the play, and continues in this vein into the final act, where the words are thoughtful, but it is easy to read into them a final grandiose vanity.

I prefer Derek Jacobi's performance, but I think it worth an interested viewer's time to compare the two, because they are very different in their affect.

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