Dame Judi Dench Joins Cast of BBC Two's RICHARD III Shakespeare Adaptation

Dame Judi Dench Joins Cast of BBC Two's RICHARD III Shakespeare AdaptationDeadline reports that Dame Judi Dench has signed on to BBC Two's filmed adaptations of classic Shakespearean plays, including Richard III and Henry VI.

It was previously announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Richard III. Today's news reveals that Dench will join him in the role of Cecily, Duchess of York. Sophie Okonedo will appear as Queen Margaret in all three films.

The Henry V cast includes Downton Abbey patriarch Hugh Bonneville as Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester and Sally Hawkins will play his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Part 1. Keeley Hawes takes on Queen Elizabeth in Part 2, and Richard III. Tom Sturridge will be Henry VI in both features. The films are part of the BBC's greatest commitment to the arts in a generation.

Dench's career has taken her both to the West End as well as Broadway. Her West End credits include Peter and Alice (2013), A Little Night Music (1995), The Good Companions (1974), and Cabaret (1968). Her Broadway credits include Into the Woods (2002), Amy's View (1999), King Henry V (1958), and Twelfth Night (1958).

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