Scene from Richard of Bordeaux

Scene from Richard of Bordeaux

Michael Redgrave was a major British star of stage and screen. He and his wife, the actress Rachel Kempson, met during Michael's first acting job at the Liverpool Rep in 1934. Michael joined the company on the grand salary of £4 a week (around £150). Kempson, as the more experienced of the two, was paid £6. They married the following year and were frequently cast opposite each other as here, where they play King Richard II and his first wife, Ann of Bohemia, who died of the plague.

Richard of Bordeaux was written by Elizabeth Mackintosh under the pen name of Gordon Daviot (she also wrote detective stories as Josephine Tey), and had been a huge success in London with John Gielgud in the title role. Kempson and Redgrave were extremely excited when a London agent came all the way to Liverpool to see the play. Unfortunately he got lost, and Ann of Bohemia had already died by the time he arrived for the last act.