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Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter (with Alan Dent), and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Olivier with Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke) being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard (Laurence Olivier) jealously views the proceedings and begins to pick off those obstructing his pathway to the throne. Eventually, Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor (Stanley Baker) and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 11, 1956


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Laurence Olivier Best Film - Any Source 1955 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Laurence Olivier Best British Actor 1955 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laurence Olivier Best Actor 1956 Nominee


Laurence Olivier
as Richard III
Cedric Hardwicke
as Edward Plantagenet (King Edward IV)
Nicholas Hannen
as Archbishop of Canterbury
John Gielgud
as George, Duke of Clarence
Claire Bloom
as Lady Anne Neville
Ralph Richardson
as Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Alec Clunes
as Thomas, Lord Hastings
Stanley Baker
as Henry Tudor
Mary Kerridge
as Elizabeth Woodville (Queen Elizabeth)
Pamela Brown
as Jane Shore
Russell Thorndike
as First Priest
Norman Fisher
as Monk
Clive Morton
as Antony Woodville, Earl Rivers
Dan Cunningham
as Grey
Douglas Wilmer
as Marquess of Dorset
Michael Gough
as Dighton
Michael Ripper
as 2nd murderer
Roy Russell
as Abbot
George Woodbridge
as Lord Mayor of London
Esmond Knight
as Sir Richard Ratcliffe
Timothy Bateson
as Ostler
Willoughby Gray
as Priest
Bill Shine
as Beadle
Deering Wells
as Clergyman
Patrick Troughton
as James Tyrell
Alexander Davion
as 2nd Messenger
Lane Meddick
as 3rd Messenger
Robert Bishop
as Messenger
John Phillips
as John Howard, Duke of Norfolk
Bernard Hepton
Laurence Naismith
as Thomas, Lord Stanley
Derek Prentice
as Clergyman
Helen Haye
as Queen Mother
Norman Wooland
as Sir William Catesby


Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Alan Dent
Colley Cibber
Otto Heller
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Walton
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Furse
Production Designer
Carmen Dillon
Art Director
Alexander Korda
Wally Veevers
Special Effects
Tony Sforzini