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Richard II

Barbican Theatre

Former Doctor Who David Tennant returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Shakespeare’s vain king.

Former Doctor Who David Tennant returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play Shakespeare’s vain king, Richard II.

Tennant plays the monarch, who is given his place at the head of a country by God and God alone, leading his people by divine decree. Yet Richard is only human and suffers the same weaknesses and frailties of us all. His vanity is a threat to England, and promises to lead the country into a bloody civil war.

Tennant returns to the famous company after garnering much acclaim for his portrayal of Hamlet on stage, though he is best known for his televisual exploits as the galaxy-saving Timelord in Doctor Who.

Richard II is directed by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC.


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Nearest Tube
Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate (250m)

Nearest Bus
153 (stops outside theatre) 8,11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344, 4 (Mon-Sat only), 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri only)

Nearest Train
Moorgate (250m)

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Cast & Creative


David Tennant, Nigel Lindsay, Oliver Ford Davies, Michael Pennington, Jane Lapotaire, Antony Byrne, Sean Chapman, Marty Cruickshank, Marcus Griffiths, Emma Hamilton, Jim Hooper, Youssef Kerkour, Jake Mann, Sam Marks, Keith Osborn, Joshua Richards, Oliver Rix, Simon Thorp, Edmund Wiseman, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Gracy Goldman, Miranda Nolan


Director - Gregory Doran

Designer - Stephen Brimson Lewis

Lighting Designer - Tim Mitchell

Author - William Shakespeare

Music By - Paul Englishby

ABOUT Barbican Theatre

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