By William Shakespeare
11 July - 18 October
£17 - £43 seats
2 hours 40 minutes,
Duke of York
John of Gaunt
Duchess of Gloucester
Joshua Mason Wood
Duchess of York
Please note: this production has now closed
Within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps death his court.
Ruling by divine right, but himself ruled by caprice, King Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke and seizes his father’s vast estates. While Richard is distracted by a rebellion in Ireland, Bolingbroke returns to England, intent on recovering his rightful property and, with the support of his disgruntled peers, perhaps seizing the crown itself.
Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.
'Charles Edwards’s excellent Richard...pierces the heart. Recommended.'
‘[Charles] Edwards is a beautiful fit for the role’
'a briskly intelligent production'
'A human and entertaining night of tragedy'
'A highly intelligent and fast-moving production'
'A production that achieves true tragic stature'
Globe Outside In
A unique opportunity to see Richard II and other summer season productions transported to our beautiful indoor candlelit Playhouse. Experience these exciting productions in this intimate setting.
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Setting the Scene
Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors
Tuesday 6 October
Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives
Wednesday 7 October
Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to Richard II
This event has now closed.