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Richard II (2008, Royal Shakespeare Company)

TitleRichard II
Theater CompanyRoyal Shakespeare Company
Release LocationsUK
Start Date2008-04-01
End Date2008-05-22
Play ConnectionsRichard II (performance)


Richard II presides over a divided court, his vanity and favouritism fuelling increasing tension amongst the nobility. Having ordered the murder of his own uncle, Richard is forced to cover his involvement in the crime, banishing two nobles, including his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. When Bolingbroke's father dies, Richard, desperate to strengthen his weakened position and fund a war overseas, seizes his land and wealth. Enraged, Bolingbroke returns from exile intent on deposing the King. Chronologically the first of the eight plays in the History Cycle, Richard II sees the beginning of a great schism between the powerful nobility of England that will leave the nation riven by bloody conflict for the next hundred years. Jonathan Slinger takes the title role following his acclaimed performance as Richard III.

Royal Shakespeare Company — Added 2008-11-14

Company Overview

Theater Company Royal Shakespeare Company

Production information courtesy of: Performance Chronicle Gatekeeper [website]