Richard II (film)

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Richard II
Genre Historical drama
Based on Richard II 
by William Shakespeare
Screenplay by Rupert Goold
Ben Power
Directed by Rupert Goold
Starring Ben Whishaw
Rory Kinnear
Patrick Stewart
David Suchet
David Morrissey
Tom Hughes
James Purefoy
Clémence Poésy
Lindsay Duncan
Ferdinand Kingsley
Samuel Roukin
Harry Hadden-Paton
Finbar Lynch
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Pippa Harris
Sam Mendes
Gareth Neame
Rupert Ryle-Hodges
Cinematography Danny Cohen
Production company(s) Neal Street Productions
Original channel BBC Two
Original release
  • 30 June 2012 (2012-06-30)
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.[1]

Whishaw's performance earned him the 2013 British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Leading actor. The program was nominated for the best Single drama award.[2]



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.[3] 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.[4] He is joined as executive producer by Pippa Harris (both representing Neal Street Productions), Gareth Neame (NBCUniversal), and Ben Stephenson (BBC).[5]

Richard II was shot entirely on location, including at St David's Cathedral, Pembroke Castle and Packwood House.[3] It completed filming in July 2011.[5] One of the characters in Richard II, the Duchess of Gloucester, is absent from this film adaptation.


  1. ^ "The Hollow Crown: Richard II". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  2. ^ "TV Baftas 2013: all the winners". The Guardian. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Liverpool actor David Morrissey to star in new BBC production of Richard II". Liverpool Echo. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Sam Mendes for BBC Shakespeare season". BBC News. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 2011-11-24. Archived from the original on 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

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