King Richard II (1954 film)

King Richard II is a 1954 American film directed by George Schaefer for the Hallmark Television Playhouse TV series. It starred actor Maurice Evans, who also adopted the teleplay from the original work by William Shakespeare.





The film was produced by Albert McCleery and directed by Schaefer.[1] Production and art design was overseen by Richard Sylbert. Costumer design was by Noel Taylor.

The screenplay was adapted by actor Evans from the play by Shakespeare. Evans had performed Richard II on stage numerous times before. He had made his Shakespearean debut on TV in a 1953 Hallmark production of Hamlet.[2] King Richard II was sponsored by Hallmark for a reported $175,000.[3][4]



The production was well received.[3]


  1. ^ J.P. Shanley (October 13, 1957). "SCHAEFER--Problems In Directing: Effect Risks". New York Times. p. 135.
  2. ^ Griffin, Alice Venezky (1953). "Shakespeare Through the Camera's Eye: Julius Caesar in Motion Pictures; Hamlet and Othello on Television". Shakespeare Quarterly. 4 (3): 331–336. doi:10.2307/2866756. JSTOR 2866756.
  3. ^ a b Jack Gould. (Jan 25, 1954). "Television Review: Evans' Richard II: 1 3/4-Hour Version of Stage Success Seen Over N. B. C. Stirring Performance of Star Overcomes Production Flaws". New York Times. p. 25.
  4. ^ Hallmark Hall of Fame, #3.18 (TV; 1954)