Richard II (film)
|Based on||Richard II
by William Shakespeare
|Screenplay by||Rupert Goold
|Directed by||Rupert Goold|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Production company(s)||Neal Street Productions
|Original channel||BBC Two|
|Followed by||Henry IV, Part I|
Richard II is a 2012 British television film based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It is the first of four television adaptations of Shakespeare's second history tetralogy commissioned by BBC Two under the series title The Hollow Crown. Richard II was directed by Rupert Goold, who adapted the screenplay with Ben Power. Ben Whishaw stars as the titular Richard II of England. It was first broadcast on 30 June 2012 on BBC2.
- Ben Whishaw as Richard II of England
- Rory Kinnear as Henry Bolingbroke
- Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
- David Suchet as the Edmund of Langley, Duke of York
- David Morrissey as Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
- Tom Hughes as Aumerle
- James Purefoy as Thomas de Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk
- Clémence Poésy as the Queen (a combination of Isabella of Valois and Anne of Bohemia)
- Lindsay Duncan as the Duchess of York
- Ferdinand Kingsley as Bushy
- Samuel Roukin as Bagot
- Harry Hadden-Paton as Green
- Tom Goodman-Hill as Sir Stephen Scroop
- Adrian Schiller as Lord Willoughby
- Peter de Jersey as Lord Ross
- Finbar Lynch as Lord Marshall
- Lucian Msamati as the Bishop of Carlisle
- Richard Bremmer as the Abbot of Westminster
- Rhodri Miles as the Welsh Captain
- David Bradley as the Gardener
- Simon Trinder as the Gardener's Assistant
- Isabella Laughland as the Queen's Lady
- Daniel Boyd as the Groom
The BBC scheduled the screening of Shakespeare's history plays as part of 2012's Cultural Olympiad, a celebration of British culture coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics. Sam Mendes signed up as executive producer to adapt all four of Shakespeare's tetralogy (Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V) in September 2010. He is joined as executive producer by Pippa Harris (both representing Neal Street Productions), Gareth Neame (NBCUniversal), and Ben Stephenson (BBC).
Richard II was shot entirely on location, including at St David's Cathedral, Pembroke Castle and Packwood House. It completed filming in July 2011. One of the characters in Richard II, the Duchess of Gloucester, is absent from this film adaptation.
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