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Royal Shakespeare Company: Richard II (2013)

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 civil war that will last 100 years.

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Gregory Doran
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Tennant ... Richard II
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elliot Barnes-Worrell ... Groom
Antony Byrne Antony Byrne ... Mowbray / Duke of Norfolk
Sean Chapman Sean Chapman ... Earl of Northumberland
Marty Cruikshank Marty Cruikshank ... Duchess of York (as Marty Cruickshank)
Oliver Ford Davies ... Duke of York
Gracy Goldman ... Ladies-in-Wating
Marcus Griffiths Marcus Griffiths ... Greene
Emma Hamilton ... The Queen
Jim Hooper Jim Hooper ... Bishop of Carlisle
Youssef Kerkour ... Lord Willoughby
Jane Lapotaire ... Duchess of Gloucester
Nigel Lindsay ... Henry Bolingbroke
Jake Mann Jake Mann ... Bagot
Sam Marks ... Bushy
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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 civil war that will last 100 years.

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Release Date:

13 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Royal Shakespeare Company: II. Richárd See more »

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Available as the first of four historically consecutive plays in a set called King and Country: Richard II; Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; and Henry V. See more »

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Like being there
3 December 2013 | by ANearySee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this at the theatre in Stratford, and took the opportunity to see it in my local cinema when it was transmitted live a couple of weeks later.

It was surprisingly like being there for real, while at the same time, being able to see things you wouldn't be able to see when seated in the theatre. The quality of filming & direction was excellent, much higher than I have seen in other filmed live performances.

Greg Doran keeps the work in period (as opposed the modern dress Hamlet). The RSC still reigns supreme for Shakespeare (as well it should) and the verse is well-spoken. Tennant is charismatic as usual; Jane Lapotaire astonishing in her pivotal scene.

Highly recommended.


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