Shakespeare's Globe

Richard played by Charles Edwards

Richard II (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Charles trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Evening Standard Award Nomination). 

Other theatre includes: Strange Interlude (Clarence Derwent Award), This House (Evening Standard Award Nomination), Twelfth Night, The Duchess of Malfi, All My Sons (National Theatre); Blithe Spirit (Gielgud and US tour); The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre - Evening Standard Award Nomination); The 39 Steps (Criterion/Broadway); Hay Fever (Haymarket Theatre); The Apple Cart, The Browning Version, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Private Lives(Peter Hall Company) and Wanderlust (Royal Court Theatre). 

Film includes: Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena, Batman Begins, Diana, Mansfield Park and An Ideal Husband.

Television includes: Arthur and George, Downton Abbey, Holy Flying Circus, Trying Again, Mistresses, Murder Rooms, Colditz, Waking the Dead and Longitude.

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Performance 2

"I'd never - shamefully - ever been in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse before. Never even looked in it. I didn't realise quite how tiny it is, in a lovely, lovely way. It was like having another run in the rehearsal room, rediscovering a lot of intimacy, and discovering new stuff"

In his final interview this season, Charles Edwards talks about returning to the show after a month's break, Outside In performances in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and the idea of swapping the role of Richard for Henry Bolingbroke.

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Performance

"But the language is so lovely, every time without fail, that you always find something new in it. I like to leave that as a surprise for myself, to see what I'm going to discover today, or tonight. And he always comes up with something, which I love."

In his third interview, Charles talks about the joy of the language, acting over music and the glister of all the gold on the Richard II set.

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Rehearsals

"I said the other day, I'd normally be probably more assured by now, more far on in my discoveries, but I feel it's right not to be. I'm very happy with where we are now. There's a lot that seems unclear, but I rather like that at this stage. I'm playing it close to the edge on this one."

In his second interview Charles talks about Richard's key relationships in the play, finding his backstory and joining the dots.

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Early Rehearsal

"It’s so dense. I often trip up in rehearsal at the moment because you've got to give everything its weight. You can't rush it. These wonderful, little bubbles of delightful musings that he has."

In his first interview Charles talks about the language of the play, what's been happening in rehearsals so far and finding out about the history of Richard II.

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