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Edward II (BBC-2 1970, Timothy West, Ian McKellen)

Edward II

Edward II was Marlowe’s historical drama in blank verse set in the 14th century and written in 1593.

The play opened with the accession of Edward and led up to his estrangement with his French wife Queen Isabella.

The cast were all members of The Prospect Theatre Company and many of them took more than one role.

production details
UK / BBC-2 / 1×125 minute episode / Broadcast 6 August 1970

Writer: Christopher Marlowe / Music: Carl Davis / Production Design: Kenneth Rowell / Producer: Mark Shivas / Director: Tony Robertson

cast
Ian McKellen as King Edward
Timothy West as Young Mortimer
Diane Fletcher as Queen Isabella
James Laurenson as Piers Gaveston
Robert Eddison as Lightborn
Paul Hardwick as Earl of Warwick
Trevor Martin as Earl of Lancaster
Andrew Crawford as Old Spencer
Peter Bourne as Edmund of Kent
David Calder as Young Spencer
David Strong as Robert Baldock
Michael Spice as Old Mortimer
Stephen Greif as Earl of Pembroke
Colin Fisher as Earl of Arundel
Richard Morant as Earl of Leicester
Michael Godfrey as Bishop of Coventry
Myles Reitherman as Prince Edward
Lucy Fleming as Niece To The King
Terence Wilton as Thomas Gurney
Paul Hardwick as Sir John Maltravers
Robert Eddison as Archbishop
Michael Spice as Sir John Hainault
Trevor Martin as Rice Ap Howell
Richard Morant as Levune
Stephen Greif as Abbot of Neath
Jeremy Nicholas as A Mower
Nigel Crewe as Soldier
Nicol Gordon as Attendant
Nigel Havers as Soldier
Michael Howarth as Soldier
Jeremy Nicholas as Soldier
Nicolas Olivier as Soldier
William Smith as Soldier
Christopher Whitehouse as Soldier