UKTW - 25 years online


VenueGainsborough Studios
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From30th March 2000
Opened12th April 2000
To5th August 2000
WhenIn Rep Mon-Fri 19:30, Sat Mat 13:30, Sat Eve 19:45. Press Night 19:00
What is currently on at Gainsborough Studios (V01305996273)
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Richard II

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:T58796280, play:S4764, venue:V01305996273
Current production:Work

Production details

Phone the Almeida Theatre Box Office on - 020 7359 4404


Company Almeida Theatre
Director Jonathan Kent
Design Paul Brown
Lighting Mark Henderson
Music Jonathan Dove
Sound John A Leonard
Performer Ralph Fiennes
Performer John Bennett
Performer Paul Benzing
Performer Roger Swaine
Performer David Burke
Performer Stephen Campbell-Moore
Performer Alan David
Performer Angela Down
Performer Philip Dunbar
Performer David Fahm
Performer Oliver Ford Davies
Performer Bernard Gallagher
Performer Barbara Jefford
Performer Danielle King
Performer Damian O'Hare
Performer Linus Roache
Performer Oliver Ryan
Performer Robert Swann
Performer Ed Waters
Performer Sean Baker
Performer Ian Barritt
Performer Stephen Finegold
Performer Emilia Fox
Performer Paul Moriarty
Performer Marc Small

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