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Shakespeare's Globe

Richard II

By William Shakespeare

11 July - 18 October

£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats

Running time:  
2 hours 40 minutes,
including interval  


Directed by
Simon Godwin 

Designed by
Paul Wills

Composed by
Stephen Warbeck


Thomas Ashdown
Young Richard 

Oliver Boot

Graham Butler

William Chubb
Duke of York

Charles Edwards
Richard II

Henry Everett

William Gaunt
John of Gaunt

Jonny Glynn

Greg Haiste

Angus Imrie

Richard Katz

Kate Malyon

Frederick Neilson
Young Richard 

Anthony Pinnick

Ekow Quartey

Anneika Rose

David Sturzaker 

Sasha Waddell
Duchess of Gloucester

Arthur Wilson

Joshua Mason Wood

Sarah Woodward
Duchess of York 

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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.'
The Independent

‘[Charles] Edwards is a beautiful fit for the role’
Financial Times  

'a briskly intelligent production' 
The Guardian  

'A human and entertaining night of tragedy'
Time Out 

'A highly intelligent and fast-moving production'

 'A production that achieves true tragic stature'
The Times

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Related Events

Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances.

Setting the Scene

Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors

Tuesday 6 October

Talking Theatre

Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives

Wednesday 7 October

Study Day

Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to Richard II

This event has now closed. 

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