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Shakespeare's Plays Available in Streaming: Richard II

Richard II

"The Life and Death of King Richard the Second, commonly called Richard II, is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V."


Richard II (BBC Worldview)
"Directed by David Giles. Performed by Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir John Gielgud, Dame Wendy Hiller, Charles Gray, Mary Morris, David Swift, Clifford Rose, Charles Keating, Richard Owens, and Janet Maw.  Costumes by Robin Fraser-Paye. Produced by Cedric Messina: BBC Worldwide, 1978, 2 hours 37 minutes."

Richard II (Illuminations)
"Offering a unique interpretation of Shakespeare's first history play, this classic tale of plotting and power was shot over a fortnight at the 3 Mills Studio in 1997."