Richard III


Directed By

Laurence Olivier


Laurence Olivier produces, directs and stars in this glorious adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece – Richard III.

Having helped his brother King Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke) take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York (Laurence Olivier), plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne (Claire Bloom), and his brother George, Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud), Richard orchestrates a bloody rise to power before finding all his gains jeopardized by those he betrayed. Winner of multiple BAFTAs including Best British Film and Best British Actor this a stunning restoration produced in collaboration with The Film Foundation.

Cedric Hardwicke, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom
Other Credits

Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Cinematography by Otto Heller

Release Date
15 November 2021
  • Laurence Oliver’s acceptance speech at the British Film Academy Awards 1956 – from British Pathé
Restoration Details

Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Restored by The Film Foundation and Janus Films, in association with the BFI National Archive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., the Museum of Modern Art, and Romulus Films

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