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Richard II

Richard II (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0274237417. Details of all Richard II archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4764

Archive Listings

19 Dec 00
17 Apr 01
The Pit, Barbican Centre
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


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.


Samuel West (Richard), David Troughton (Bolingbroke), Alfred Burke (John of Gaunt), Catherine Walker (Queen Isabelle), Alexis Daniel (Aumerle), Paul Greenwood (Mowbray), David Killick (Duke of York), Christopher Saul (Northumberland), Janet Whiteside (Duchess of York)


Author: Shakespeare
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Director(s): Steven Pimlott, Terry King (fight)
Design: Sue Willmington
Lighting: Simon Kemp
Music: Jason Carr
Sound: Andrea J Cox


No UKTW or User reviews available.
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