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Richard II

Barbican Theatre

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Fan favourite David Tennant reprises his award-winning role with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Shakespeare's vain king, Richard II, for a strictly limited season only.

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Fan favourite David Tennant reprises his award-winning role with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Shakespeare’s vain king, Richard II, for a strictly limited time only.

Former Doctor Who star Tennant plays the monarch ordained by God to lead his people through divine right. But a man, too, he remains, and in his position of power he is subject to most human of weaknesses: vanity.

With his trait endangering domestic stability and dividing the great houses of England, the king’s self-obsession drives the country to the brink of a hundred years’ devastating civil war.

Reunited with Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, Tennant’s previous exploits in the role garnered critical acclaim.

As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings event, marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, Richard II is bookable as part of a four-play cycle in rep, with individual performances running between 7-10 Jan only. Please see show page for details and full performance schedules.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 07/01/2016

Closing Night: 22/01/2016

Running time: 2hr55

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Cast & Creative


David Tennant, Daniel Abbott, Martin Bassindale, Jasper Britton, Sean Chapman, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Gerard-Martin, Robert Gilbert, Julian Glover, Jim Hooper, Emma King, Jane Lapotaire, Sam Marks, Dale Mathurin, Christopher Middleton, Evelyn Miller, Matthew Needham, Keith Osborn, Sarah Parks, Leigh Quinn, Joshua Richards, Simon Thorp, Obioma Ugoala, Andrew Westfield, Simon Yadoo


Director - Gregory Doran

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company

Designer - Stephen Brimson Lewis

Lighting Designer - Tim Mitchell

Movement Director - Michael Ashcroft

Sound - Martin Slavin

Author - William Shakespeare

Music By - Paul Englishby

ABOUT Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS