A nation in uproar. A leader in crisis. An unlikely successor waiting in the wings.
Richard II is Shakespeare’s great political drama about the seduction of power and the tragedy of losing it. This provocative new version uses Shakespeare’s original verse, but relocates the action to 21st century Westminster.
After a political heavyweight dies in mysterious circumstances, rifts emerge at the top of the British establishment. There are difficult questions for Richard, the nation’s leader. And Harri Bolingbroke, his charismatic cousin, wants answers.
Tim Delap (Jane Wenham, The Woman In Black) takes on the title role opposite Hermione Gulliford (3 Winters, Hotel at the National Theatre).
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this bold production shows his continuing power to thrill and surprise us all. Following a premiere performance in the House of Commons, it transfers to Arcola for one week only.