One of Britain’s leading theatrical knights has become the latest to add his name to growing calls for Richard III’s remains to be reinterred in Yorkshire.
Mark Rylance, actor, theatre director and playwright, who has played Shakespeare’s Richard III on Broadway, has sent a message of support to campaigners who are fighting for the king’s remains to be buried at York Minister.
In a letter to campaigners, his assistant says: “Mark very much believes that King Richard should be buried where he wished and absolutely gives his support.”
The Yorkshire Post is supporting those who want his remains returned to Yorkshire.
Other notable backers of the campaign include Dame Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Brian Blessed and Julian Fellowes, the creator of ITV’s Downton Abbey, which is set in North Yorkshire.
Support has also been received from across the globe with people living in as far-flung locations as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Japan, Spain, the Philippines, Nigeria, South America and South Africa all posting online messages of support in favour of Richard III’s remains being buried at York Minister.
The story of the king, the last English monarch to die on the battlefield in 1485, discovered centuries later beneath the tarmac of a council car park in Leicester has captured the imagination of the public and last month campaigners were at London’s High Court for the latest stages of a legal battle over where Richard III should be buried.
A judgement over whether permission for the regal bones to be re-buried in Leicester should be overturned will be made at a later date with campaigners arguing public talks should be held on such an important national issue.
The Plantagenet Alliance, a group of the king’s collateral descendants who want his remains to be reinterred in York, are challenging the processes surrounding the Ministry of Justice’s decision to grant a licence to allow the University of Leicester to remove the monarch’s remains and bury him at Leicester Cathedral.
Campaigners argue public talks should have taken place on such an important national issue and say Richard III should be buried at York Minster.
People can sign an online petition in support of the campaign by visiting the website: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55196