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Richard II [2015]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Simon Godwin

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 and David Sturzaker featured as part of the Adopt an Actor interview series for this production.


  • Designed by Paul Wills
  • Composed by Stephen Warbeck


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