The Tragedy of Richard III

The Tragedy of Richard III (1983)


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



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


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

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