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Richard II archiveAt 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.

Cast/Performers

Charles Edwards (Richard II), Sarah Woodward (Duchess of York), Graham Butler (Aumerie), William Gaunt (John of Gaunt), Oliver Boot, Jonny Glynn, Greg Haiste, Angus Imrie, Richard Katz, Ekow Quartey, Anneika Rose, David Struzaker, Arthur Wilson, William Chubb, Henry Everett

Creatives/Company

Author: Shakespeare
Producer: Shakespeare's Globe
Director: Simon Godwin
Design: Paul Wills
Music: Stephen Warbeck
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Richard II

Richard II (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0137211597. Details of all Richard II archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4764

Archive Listings

11 Jul 15
to
18 Oct 15
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
West End
Greater London

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