Shakespeare's Globe

Richard II

  • 2018/Winter/RichardII v3


The Guardian

4 stars

a reminder that Shakespeare is available to everyone [...] pioneering

The Observer

4 Stars

‘powerfully resonant

Evening Standard

4 stars

‘Passionate and courageous’

The Times

4 Stars

Exciting, fresh-thinking theatre, performed from the gut and piercing straight to the heart

Time Out

4 Stars

quietly brilliant

The Stage

4 Stars

visually irresistible


4 Stars

stylish and fiercely performed [...] a necessary staging; a masterclass in how to reclaim the often-feared Shakespeare

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The Company To Include: 

Adjoa Andoh
Director / Richard II

Lois Au
Musical Director / Flute / Bassoon

Rianna Azoro
Costume Supervisor

Rosie Bergonzi

Giles Block
Globe Associate - Text

Nicholle Cherrie
Green / Percy / Groom / Queen’s Attendant

Dona Croll
John of Gaunt / Duchess of York

Sylvia Darkwa Ohemeng
Deputy Stage Manager

Ayesha Dharker

Yarit Dor
Movement and Fight Director

Cynthia DuBerry
Stage Manager

Lourdes Faberes
Bagot / Ross/ Exton/Gardener's Help

Leila Farzad

Juanne Fuller
Specialist Media Consultant

Shobna Gulati
Duke of York

Hazel Holder

Zoe India
Assistant Stage Manager

Midori Jaeger
Music Supervisor

Sarah Lam
Duchess of Gloucester/ Bushy/Willoughby/

Lynette Linton

Dominique Le Gendre

Glynn MacDonald
Globe Associate - Movement

Prema Mehta
Candle Consultant

Sarah Niles

Indra Ové
Mowbray / Northumberland

Ingrid Pollard
Production Photographer

Ali Pottinger
Assistant Stage Manager

Sarah Sayeed
Vocals/Shruti Box/

Rajha Shakiry

Elaine So

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.

Meet the company

richard ii company

Image credit: Ingrid Pollard