Shakespeare's Globe

Richard II [2012]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Conall Morrison
Translated by: Bayan Shbib & Iman Aoun

Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

Performed in Palestinean Arabic by Ashtar Theatre, from Ramallah, Palestine.

Ashtar is a dynamic Palestinian theatre company with a global perspective, founded in Jerusalem in 1991. In 2010 the group performed The Gaza Monologues, a series of stories told by the young people of Gaza - an unprecedented theatrical project involving thousands of people and 44 theatre groups from around the world. This vital theatre bring their direct storytelling style to Shakespeare's great masterpiece of dislocation.


As Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of treason and murder, and the two men prepare to fight a duel, King Richard intervenes and banishes them both from England. Already unpopular with his lords, he angers his supporters further by selling land to fund the disastrous war in Ireland. With the help of those alienated from Richard’s support, Bolingbroke returns to England with an army to seize the throne from the unpopular King.

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  • Designer Rajha Shakiry
  • Music Excerpts from Majaz Album, Trio Jubran


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