Artikelnummer 6472

RICHARD II (1978) * with switchable English subtitles *

Directed by David Giles William Shakespeare Derek Jacobi ... Richard II John Gielgud ... John of Gaunt Jon Finch ... Henry Bolingbroke Wendy Hiller ... Duchess of York Charles Gray ... Duke of York Mary Morris ... Duchess of Gloucester David Swift ... Duke of Northumberland Clifford Rose ... Bishop of Carlisle Charles Keating ... Duke of Aumerle Richard Owens ... Thomas Mowbray Janet Maw ... Queen Jeffrey Holland ... Duke of Surrey Jeremy Bulloch ... Henry Percy Robin Sachs ... Bushy Damien Thomas ... Bagot Alan Dalton ... Green David Dodimead ... Lord Ross John Flint ... Lord Willoughby Carl Oatley ... Earl Berkeley William Whymper ... Sir Stephen Scroop John Barcroft ... Earl of Salisbury David Garfield ... Welsh Captain Desmond Adams ... Sir Pierce of Exton

The play is the first of four histories involving the rise of Harry Bolingbroke into King Henry IV and then his son, Prince Hal, into Henry V. Unfortunately, it is noted more for its role in the Essex Rebellion than for its dramatic merits, which are considerable. For those unfamiliar with the Essex affair, In 1601, the Earl of Essex, on the eve of an attempted coup against Queen Elizabeth and/or Robert Cecil, is alleged to have sponsored a performance of Richard II by the Lord Chamberlain's Men at the Globe Theater, a play whose theme is the usurpation of legitimate royal power. The next day he led a band of 300 followers into London shouting "Murder, murder, God Save the Queen". The populace failed to rally behind him and he was tried and executed for treason. While it remains uncertain as to whether or not the evidence against Essex relating to the play was manufactured, it was used against him successfully by the prosecution during the trial.

DVD-R is in English with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 157 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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