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Richard II is the first of four episodes in The Hollow Crown TV series aired in 2012 and produced by Sam Mendes. Rupert Goold directed this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play and collaborated with Ben Power on the screenplay. The other three episodes are: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V.


Ben Whishaw as King Richard II
Rory Kinnear as Bolingbroke
David Suchet as Duke of York
David Morrissey as Earl of Northumberland
Sir Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt

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    The Hollow Crown: Richard II

    Goold, Rupert | Productions
    United Kingdom

    John of Gaunt chastises King Richard

    Note: John of Gaunt (Patrick Stewart) is dying. He criticises Richard (Ben Wishaw) for being surrounded by a thousand flatterers and for being landlord of England rather than King.