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Richard II Part 2: The Deposing of a King 

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


Michael Hayes


William Shakespeare (play)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Fleming Tom Fleming ... Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster / King Henry IV
George A. Cooper ... Earl of Northumberland
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Edmund of Langley, Duke of York
Sean Connery ... Harry Percy, surnamed Hotspur
David William David William ... King Richard II
John Greenwood John Greenwood ... Duke of Aumerle
Juliet Cooke Juliet Cooke ... Queen to King Richard
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Lady Attending the Queen (as Maggie Barton)
Eileen Atkins ... Lady Attending the Queen
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... A Gardener
Terence Lodge Terence Lodge ... A Servant
Frank Windsor ... Bishop of Carlisle
Michael James Cox Michael James Cox ... Abbot of Westminster / Keeper
Mary Law Mary Law ... Duchess of York
Robert Lang ... Sir Pierce of Exton


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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12 May 1960 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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a great discovery of a great play
23 May 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Richard II' is one of Shakespeare's most poetic plays, not least because of John of Gaunt's 'This England' speech (which was seen in part one of this production). From the 1960 BBC series 'An Age of Kings', transmitted live and featuring a host of well-known faces at the start of their careers (you can spot Frank Windsor, Julian Glover, and others), this production of Richard II is excellent.

Studio-bound it may be, but the quality of the acting and the writing makes it essential viewing - perhaps even more successful than the later version within the 1970s-80s BBC Shakespeare series. David William, who as Richard was petulant, arrogant, and proud in part one, becomes a figure of pity as this second instalment deals with his downfall and deposition. The scene where he and Tom Fleming as Bolingbroke vie for the crown of England is compelling and very well performed, and his scenes where Richard knows his cause is lost make you feel all the more sorry for the trouble he has brought on himself.

A fascinating survivor of the early years of television drama, 'An Age of Kings' has stood up to time very well, and if this play is anything to go by, is an excellent dramatisation of the History play cycle.

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