Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic and bloody civil war.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role of this new production, transferring to the Barbican from Stratford-upon-Avon. Joining Tennant is Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York - both actors appeared in the RSC’s acclaimed Hamlet (2008) - with Nigel Lindsay as Henry Bolingbroke and Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt.
Please note that tickets will be despatched 2-4 weeks prior to the performance.
Except 7pm on 12 Dec
Also 2pm on 14, 21, 28 Dec & 4, 11, 18 & 25 Jan (Sat matinees)
3pm only on 22 Dec (only Sun matinee)
Also 2pm on Wed 15 Jan (only Wed matinee)
No performance on 23-26, 31 Dec & 1 Jan
2 hours 55 minutes/including 20 minute interval
Directed by Gregory Doran
Design by Stephen Brimson Lewis
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Music by Paul Englishby
11 Dec, 5.15pm
Pre-show talk with Gregory Doran
Tickets £5 (no concessions). Click here to book.
20 Dec, 2pm
Thomas of Woodstock rehearsed reading
Free to same-day ticket holders
11 & 12 Jan
An intensive weekend workshop with one of the RSC’s experienced assistant directors
11 Jan, 2pm
18 Jan, 2pm
Audio-described performance with Touch Tour (12noon-12.30pm)
22 Jan, 10am
Sixth Form Conference
A day of workshops with members of the creative team especially created to complement AS and A level English and Drama curricula
13 Dec - 11 Jan
Richard II backstage tours
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