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Performance

VenueOld Vic Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From14th September 2005
Opened4th October 2005
To26th November 2005
WhenMon-Sat 19:30. Oct 4 19:00. Wed,Sat Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £10.00. To £42.50.
What is currently on at Old Vic Theatre (V402)

Richard II

Richard IIT564829164
At the age of only ten, Richard Plantagenet succeeded his father Edward III as King of England. It was 1377 and a time of great hardship following the Black Death, but Richard lived lavishly at home and, abroad, pursued an expensive and futile war with France. The taxes he imposed provoked the famous 'Peasants Revolt' of 1381 and his attempt to rule autocratically alienated both nobility and Parliament. Shakespeare's loosely historical but theatrically wonderful account of Richard's last days concentrates on his most fateful error - the exile of his cousin Henry Bullingbrook and the seizure of his Lancastrian estates. Bullingbrook would return to England, topple Richard and take the throne himself as Henry IV, setting the stage for the bloody 'Wars of the Roses' between York and Lancaster. The play's extraordinary beauty and simplicity, and its study of a man reduced from - as he saw it - divinely appointed King, to a mere mortal without role, freedom or friends, put it among the most moving of all Shakespeare's tragedies.
Author Shakespeare


Archive :: production:T564829164, play:S4764, venue:V402

Production details

Company

Producer Old Vic
Director Trevor Nunn
Design Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound Fergus O'Hare
Performer Kevin Spacey (Richard II)
Performer Julian Glover (John of Gaunt)
Performer Ben Miles (Bolingbroke)
Performer Oliver Cotton (Earl of Northumberland)
Performer Peter Eyre (Duke of York)
Performer Susan Tracy (Duchess of York)
Performer Sean Baker
Performer Lewis Barfoot
Performer Kieran Bew
Performer Naomi Capron
Performer David Collings
Performer David Dawson
Performer Jack James
Performer Oliver Kieran-Jones
Performer David Leon
Performer Sidney Livingstone
Performer Ciaran McIntyre
Performer Steven Miller
Performer Iain Mitchell
Performer Genevieve O'Reilly
Performer William Osborne
Performer Alastair Robins
Performer Mark Tandy
Performer David Weston
Performer Glyn Williams

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