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VenueThe Tobacco Factory Theatres
Other spaces: Spielman Theatre
CountyCity of Bristol
From10th February 2011
Opened16th February 2011
To19th March 2011
When19:30. Thu,Fri 20:00. Mar11 3,10 Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £12.00. To £20.00.
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Richard II

Richard IIT1284484299
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:T1284484299, play:S4764, venue:V1384579886

Production details


Company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF)
Director Andrew Hilton
Design Harriet De Winton
Performer John Heffernan (Richard II)
Performer Benjamin Whitrow (John of Gaunt)
Performer Julia Hills (The Duchess of Gloucester/The Duchess of York)
Performer Roland Oliver (Duke of York)
Performer Oliver Millingham (Aumerle)
Performer Paul Brendan (Glendower)
Performer John Cording (Northumberland)
Performer Craig Fuller (York's Servant)
Performer Roddy Peters (the Groom)
Performer Dan Winter (Ross)
Performer Matthew Thomas (Bullingbrook)
Performer Richard Neale (Bagot)
Performer Gareth Kennerley (Green)
Performer Paul Currier (Mowbray)
Performer David Collins (Bushy)
Performer Kate Kordel (Lady)
Performer Alan Coveney (Willoughby)
Performer Doron Davidson (Scroope)

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