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The Tragedy of Richard III (1983)

01/23/1983 (GB) DramaHistory 3h 50m
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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.

  1. William Shakespeare

    Author

  2. Jane Howell

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Ron Cook

    Ron Cook

    Richard III

  2. Peter Benson

    Peter Benson

    King Henry VI

  3. Michael Byrne

    Michael Byrne

    Duke of Buckingham

  4. Julia Foster

    Julia Foster

    Queen Margaret

  5. Bernard Hill

    Bernard Hill

    First Murderer

  6. Zoë Wanamaker

    Zoë Wanamaker

    Lady Anne

  7. Mark Wing-Davey

    First Citizen / Sir James Tyrrel

  8. Brian Protheroe

    Brian Protheroe

    King Edward IV

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Original Language English

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