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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.
Performers Eddie Redmayne (Richard II), Andrew Buchan (Bolingbroke), Ron Cook (Duke of York), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Queen Isabel), Michael Hadley (John of Gaunt/Gardner/Keeper), Harry Attwell (Exton), Ashley Zhangazha (Aumerle/Groom), Stefano Braschi (Green/Scroop/Gardener's Man), Ben Turner (Mowbray/Salisbury), Sean Jackson (Fitzwater), Sian Thomas (Duchess of Gloucester/Duchess of York), Daniel Easton (Bagot), Michael Marcus (Bushy/Abbot of Westminster), Daniel Flynn (Earl of Northumberland), Joseph Timms (Harry Percy), Phillip Joseph (Welsh Captain/Bishop of Carlisle).
Author Shakespeare. Corporate Sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Producer Donmar Warehouse. Director Michael Grandage. Design Richard Kent. Lighting David Plater. Music Adam Cork. Sound Adam Cork.

Richard II

Richard II (Play) production archive for QTIX code T83792702. Details of all Richard II archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4764

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1 Dec 11
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4 Feb 12
Donmar Warehouse
West End
Greater London

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