The Tragedy of Richard III  



The Tragedy of Richard III (1983)

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Richard Duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of King Edward IV, will stop at nothing to get the crown. He first convinces the ailing King that the Duke of Clarence, his elder brother, is a threat to the lives of Edward's two young sons. Edward has him imprisoned in the Tower of London; killers in Richard's pay then drown Clarence in a barrel of wine. When news of Clarence's death reaches the King, the subsequent grief and remorse bring about his death. Richard is made Lord Protector, with power to rule England while his nephew (now King Edward V) is still a minor. Before the young king's coronation he has his two nephews conveyed to the Tower, ostensibly for their safekeeping. Richard's accomplice, the Duke of Buckingham, then declares the two boys illegitimate and offers Richard the crown, which after a show of reticence he accepts. After Richard's coronation, he and Buckingham have a falling-out over whether or not to assassinate the two children.

Director: Jane Howell

Release Date: 1983-01-23
Status: Released
Run time: 230 min / 3:50
Release Date: 1983-01-23
Status: Released
Run time: 230 min / 3:50

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Ron Cook
as Richard III
Peter Benson
as King Henry VI
Michael Byrne
as Duke of Buckingham
Julia Foster
as Queen Margaret
Bernard Hill
as First Murderer
Zoë Wanamaker
as Lady Anne
Mark Wing-Davey
as First Citizen / Sir James Tyrrel
Brian Protheroe
as King Edward IV
Antony Brown
as Sir Richard Ratcliffe
David Burke
as Sir William Catesby
Anne Carroll
as Jane Shore
Paul Chapman
as Earl Rivers
Rowena Cooper
as Queen Elizabeth
Arthur Cox
as Lord Grey / Lord Mayor of London
Annette Crosbie
as Duchess of York
David Daker
as Lord Hastings
Brian Deacon
as Second Citizen / First Messenger / Earl of Richmond
Jeremy Dimmick
as Young Duke of York
Tenniel Evans
as Stanley, Earl of Derby / Archbishop of York
Derek Farr
as Sir Robert Brackenbury / Earl of Surrey
Dorian Ford
as Edward, Prince of Wales
Derek Fuke
as Second Murderer / Sir Thomas Vaughan
Alex Guard
as Marquess of Dorset
Paul Jesson
as George, Duke of Clarence
Patsy Kensit
as Lady Margaret Plantagenet
Rusty Livingstone
as Page to Richard
Oengus MacNamara
as Halberdier / Lord Lovell
Nick Reding
as Ghost of Prince of Wales
Stephen Rooney
as Edward Plantagenet
Peter Wyatt
as Duke of Norfolk

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Writing William Shakespeare Author
Directing Jane Howell Director
Costume & Make-Up John Peacock Costume Designer
Sound Alan Edmonds Sound

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