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Edward II (1970)

The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

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Christopher Marlowe (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... King Edward
Timothy West ... Young Mortimer
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Queen Isabella
James Laurenson ... Piers Gaveston
Robert Eddison ... Lightborn / Archbishop of Canterbury
Paul Hardwick ... Earl of Warwick / Sir John Maltravers
Trevor Martin Trevor Martin ... Earl of Lancaster / Rice ap Howell
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Old Spencer
Bette Bourne ... Edmund of Kent (as Peter Bourne)
David Calder ... Young Spencer
David Strong David Strong ... Robert Baldock
Michael Spice Michael Spice ... Old Mortimer / Sir John Hainault
Stephen Greif ... Earl of Pembroke
Colin Fisher Colin Fisher ... Earl of Arundel
Richard Morant ... Earl of Leicester / Levune
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The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

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UK

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English

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6 August 1970 (UK) See more »

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McKellen and Laurenson shine in a memorable production
29 November 2006 | by mkb-8See all my reviews

Shakespeare's Richard II and Marlowe's Edward II were successful stage productions recorded in the studio for BBC Television in the early days of colour transmissions. At that time only the recently inaugurated BBC 2 channel was broadcasting in colour and the new TV sets were very expensive.

I was a university student at the time and watched these outstanding productions in the colour TV lounge in my hall of residence. I've remembered them vividly ever since, particularly the young Ian McKellen's highly charged and sensual performances in the title roles. Those were less enlightened times and young Ian was still firmly 'in the closet' but to my youthful mind his gay sensibility was more than evident, especially in the role of Edward II. James Laurenson was also outstanding as Gaveston.

These landmark productions are crying out for a DVD release.


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