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photographs © Neil Libbert  

Richard II, 1997

William Shakespeare

BBC2 film


Based on the staging at the Royal National Theatre

Filmed at Studio 7, Three Mile Island Studios, London

20 October - 8 November 1996

An Illuminations production for NVC Arts in association with BBC, La Sept/Arte and Ovation - The Arts Network


First broadcast: BBC2, 22 March 1997 and released on DVD in 2018

Creative Team

Producers - John Wyver and Shaun Deeney

Director - Deborah Warner

Lighting Director - Peter Mumford

Sound Recordist - Alan Taylor

Production Designer - Hildegard Bechtler

Art Director - Tom Pye

BBC Executive Producer - Simon Curtis


Richard II - Fiona Shaw

John of Gaunt - Graham Crowden

Henry Bolingbroke - Richard Bremner

Thomas Mowbray - David Lyon

Duchess of Gloucester/First Lady - Paola Dionisotti

Lord Marshal/Bishop of Carlisle - John Rogan

Duke of Aumerle - Julian Rhind-Tutt

First Herald - Phil McKee

Harry Percy/Guard - Kevin McKidd

Duke of York’s Serving Man/Attendant/Lord/ Second Gardener’s Man/Second Herald/Murderer - Jem Wall

Sir Henry Green/Exton’s Man/First Gardener’s Man - Henry Ian Cusick 

Sir John Bushy/Surrey - Nicholas Gecks

Duke of York - Donald Sinden

Queen Isabel - Sian Thomas

Earl of Northumberland - Struan Rodger

Ross/Sir Piers of Exton/Abbot of Westminster - Roger Sloman

Willoughby/Head Gardener/Keeper at Pomfret Castle - John McEnery; Sir William Bagot - Danny Sapani

Sir Stephen Scroop/Lord Fitzwater/Guard - Jude Akuwudike

Second Lady/Nurse - Elaine Claxton 

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