Shakespeare's Globe

Henry Bolingbroke played by David Sturzaker

Richard II (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare

David trained at LAMDA.

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Troilus and Cressida, Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, Liberty and Measure for Measure (US tour).

Other theatre includes: The White Devil (RSC); Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester/West End); A Doll’s House (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street); Cool Hand Luke (West End); Four Nights in Knaresborough (Southwark Playhouse); Kingdom of Earth (Print Room); As You Like It (Rose Theatre, Kingston); War and Peace (Shared Experience); Visiting Mr. Green (UK tour); Future Me (Theatre503); Bash (Trafalgar Studios); Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing (Tour de Force); Journey’s End (West End) and Romeo and Juliet (Bath UK tour).

Television includes: Da Vinci’s Demons, Murder on the Homefront and Doctors.

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Performance

"In the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, your voice level can be considerably lower. One effect that that has is that you can get through more lines on one breath. Maybe three or four lines on a breath rather than one or two. So that's actually rather nice. You really really get the sense of just being able to talk to each other."

In his final interview, David talks about performing in Richard II and Nell Gwynn at the Globe at the same time, Outside In performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and 'shared light'.

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Tech Week & Previews

"I felt that Bolingbroke was very much, in an elemental way, ‘of the earth’, and particularly in contrast to Richard. And it matched absolutely with the designers' thoughts on costume, quite earthy tones and quite practical. So a decent sole on the boot, and plenty of leather jackets and capes, cloaks, and things like that really help to tell that story."

In his third interview David talks about bringing a new character to the Globe six weeks after his last, preview week, balancing the light and dark in the play, and keeping Bolingbroke grounded with earthy costumes.

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Rehearsals

"There's some beautiful imagery - but there's also moments where there's nothing florid about it at all, and I think he can switch quite quickly between moods and ideas. He's a quick thinker, and able to command quickly and specifically. It's very nice to feel that your character is fairly solid and quite grounded."

In his second interview, David Sturzaker talks about watching scenes he isn't in, his scuffle with Mawbray, and the end of the line.

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Early Rehearsal

"Bolingbroke doesn't think Richard is a good King. He’s not doing a good job, he might be implicated in some crimes. And so maybe I'm not going to kowtow to him as you might assume."

In his first interview David talks about returning for Richard II straight after The Merchant of Venice, and finding his way through the play in order to keep the story clear.

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