VenueThe Pit, Barbican Centre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From19th December 2000
Opened21st December 2000
To17th April 2001
WhenDec 19,20m,20,22,23m,23,26,27,28m,28, Jan 3,4m,4,5,6m,6,19,20m,20,22,23m,23, Feb 2,3m,3, Apr 6,7m,7,9,10m,10,16,17m,17, Eve 19:15, Mats 14:00, Dec 21 19:00
PricesFrom £15.00. To £22.00.
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Richard II

Richard IIT0274237417
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:T0274237417, play:S4764, venue:V372

Production details

This England - The Histories

Special Performances

  • 3 Feb 01 Audio Described
  • 7 Apr 01 Audio Described


Company Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Steven Pimlott
Performer Samuel West (Richard)
Performer David Troughton (Bolingbroke)
Performer Alfred Burke (John of Gaunt)
Performer Catherine Walker (Queen Isabelle)
Performer Alexis Daniel (Aumerle)
Performer Paul Greenwood (Mowbray)
Performer David Killick (Duke of York)
Performer Christopher Saul (Northumberland)
Performer Janet Whiteside (Duchess of York)
Design Sue Willmington
Lighting Simon Kemp
Music Jason Carr
Sound Andrea J Cox
Director Terry King (fight)

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