Richard III (2016 film)
|Based on||Richard III|
by William Shakespeare
|Screenplay by||Dominic Cooke|
|Directed by||Dominic Cooke|
|Music by||Dan Jones|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Sam Mendes|
|Running time||130 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Neal Street Productions|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Preceded by||Henry VI, Part 2|
Richard III is a 2016 British television film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. It is the seventh and final film in the series of television adaptations of William Shakespeare's history plays produced by Sam Mendes for BBC Two under the title The Hollow Crown. It was directed by Dominic Cooke, who also adapted the screenplay with Ben Power. It starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret and Judi Dench as Cecily.
Richard III aired in 2016 as part of the concluding cycle The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, along with a two-part adaptation of the other plays in Shakespeare's first tetralogy, Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Leading Actor and The Wars of the Roses was nominated for Best Mini-Series.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III of England
- Ben Daniels as Duke of Buckingham
- Judi Dench as Cecily, Duchess of York
- James Fleet as Lord Hastings
- Phoebe Fox as Queen Anne
- Keeley Hawes as Queen Elizabeth
- Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret
- Geoffrey Streatfeild as King Edward IV of England
- Luke Treadaway as King Henry VII of England
- Sam Troughton as George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence
- Josef Altin as Murderer
- Isaac Andrews as Prince Richard, Duke of York
- Paul Bazely as Catesby
- Geoff Bell as Murderer
- Robert Bowman as Mayor of London
- Alan David as Bishop of Ely
- Keith Dunphy as Ratcliffe
- Simon Ginty as George Stanley
- Ivanno Jeremiah as Blunt
- Madison Lygo as Princess Elizabeth, marries Henry VII
- John MacKay as Brackenbury
- Caspar Morley as Prince Edward
- Gary Powell as Tyrell
- Penny Ryder as Lady-in-Waiting
- Jo Stone-Fewings as Lord Stanley
- Samuel Valentine as Lord Grey
- Al Weaver as Lord Rivers
The concluding cycle of plays were produced in 2015 by the same team that made the first series and were directed by the former artistic director of Royal Court Theatre and Olivier Award winner, Dominic Cooke. They were adapted by Dominic Cooke and Ben Power.
Executive producer Pippa Harris stated, "The critical and audience reaction to The Hollow Crown series set the bar high for Shakespeare on screen, and Neal Street (Productions) is delighted to be making the concluding part of this great history cycle. By filming the ‘Henry VI’ plays as well as ‘Richard III,’ we will allow viewers to fully appreciate how such a monstrous tyrant could find his way to power, bringing even more weight and depth to this iconic character."
A Region 2 DVD set of The Wars of the Roses was released on 20 June 2016. A Region 1 DVD set was released on 21 June 2016.
The original music soundtrack from The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses composed by Dan Jones was released on the Wave Theory Records label in June 2016 and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
|BAFTA Television Awards 2017||Nominated||Best Leading Actor||Benedict Cumberbatch|
|Nominated||Best Mini-Series||The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses|
|BAFTA Television Craft Awards 2017||Nominated||Best Costume Design||Nigel Egerton|
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