Nicholle Cherrie Green / Percy / Groom / Queen’s Attendant
Dona Croll John of Gaunt / Duchess of York
Sylvia Darkwa Ohemeng Deputy Stage Manager
Ayesha Dharker Aumerle
Yarit Dor Movement and Fight Director
Cynthia DuBerry Stage Manager
Lourdes Faberes Bagot / Ross/ Exton/Gardener's Help
Leila Farzad Queen
Juanne Fuller Specialist Media Consultant
Shobna Gulati Duke of York
Hazel Holder Voice
Zoe India Assistant Stage Manager
Midori Jaeger Music Supervisor
Sarah Lam Duchess of Gloucester/ Bushy/Willoughby/ Gardener
Lynette Linton Director
Dominique Le Gendre Composer
Glynn MacDonald Globe Associate - Movement
Prema Mehta Candle Consultant
Sarah Niles Bolingbroke
Indra Ové Mowbray / Northumberland
Ingrid Pollard Production Photographer
Ali Pottinger Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Sayeed Vocals/Shruti Box/ Percussion
Rajha Shakiry Designer
Elaine So Percussion
Monique Touko Assistant Director
‘This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’
Act II, scene 1
Meet the directors
Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union.
As we play our part in defining a nation’s history and we become the shoulders on which future generations will stand, Shakespeare asks us to consider the destiny that we might be shaping for our ‘scepter’d isle’.
Richard II marks the beginning of a cycle of history plays that will provide a unique opportunity to rediscover how Shakespeare perceived ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’. Our year-long exploration of ‘our scepter’d isle’ will take us on a journey through history via Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.
Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.