Full casting announced for Richard II

21 August 2013

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gregory Doran
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 10 October – 16 November 2013
Barbican Theatre: 9 December 2013 – 25 January 2014
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Tuesday 13 November 2013

Full casting is now confirmed for Gregory Doran's production of Richard II which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10 October until 16 November before transferring into the Barbican Theatre London from 9 December for a seven week run.

Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and with David Tennant in the title role, the production, as previously announced, will also be the first in the Company's collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment - 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon'- a new programme to screen RSC productions live from Shakespeare's home town. The production will be filmed during the performance in the RST on 13 November 2013 and simultaneously screened into over 100 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.

The RSC is also opening up its work behind the scenes on this show through a series of short films available online during the run-up to the screening, beginning on Friday 30 August. There will also be live footage on the night, before the show's screening and during the interval. This will be hosted by broadcast journalist Suzy Klein.

Cast includes:
Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Marty Cruickshank (Duchess of York), Gracy Goldman (Lady in Waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (Lady in Waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), David Tennant (Richard II), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) and Edmund Wiseman (Harry Percy).

The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Martin Slavin. The movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King. The production's music is composed by Paul Englishby.

The Company is also offering a unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience Richard II in the classroom at 9.30am on 15 November 2013. This will build on the success of its first direct-to-the-classroom interactive stream last year with Tim Crouch's one man show I, Cinna.

The full production of Richard II will be streamed direct into up to 1000 schools, reaching an estimated 60,000 students through a collaboration with Ravensbourne College and the JANET Network. It will be accompanied by a live studio link-up hosted by Konnie Huq, who will introduce the webcast. Members of the creative team, including Gregory Doran and David Tennant, will also be on hand to take part in a live online Q&A with participating students.

Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.

For cinema listings and booking visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/  to sign up for updates and follow the creation of the production online in the run up to the screening.
Schools wanting to sign up for streaming direct to the classroom should also visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/ 

David Tennant talks about returning to the RSC to play Richard II www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/video-interview-with-david-tennant.aspx

To ask about availability for theatre performances in Stratford-upon-Avon call 0844 800 1110

Tickets are available for some London performances, at the Barbican Theatre. To book visit www.barbican.org.uk  or call 020 7638 8891

For further information, please contact Philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk  0207 245 0512

For press tickets in the RST and the Barbican theatre, please contact dean.asker@rsc.org.uk  01789 412660


Notes to Editors
Production images will be available from the RSC Press Office from 11 October.

Currently a marketing image from Richard II can be downloaded via http://www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/press/requests-images.aspx  

Richard II runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 10 October – 16 November 2013 (Press night: 17 October 2013). It then transfers to the Barbican Theatre from 9 December 2013 – 25 January 2014 (London press night: 12 December 2013). Further information on related events including pre and post show talks and workshops http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre

The £5 ticket scheme for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. Tickets can be booked in advance on the phone, online or in person with some available for sale on the day of the performance. The scheme is supported by Project Partner, BP.


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About Picturehouse Entertainment
Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 21 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 49 venues around the country.
Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas are Britain's largest circuit of independent cinemas, located in city centres and offering diverse programmes that encompass quality mainstream, family, art-house, independent, foreign-language and documentary films.

Picturehouse Cinemas have been at the forefront of digital cinema and pioneered live satellite broadcasts, bringing non-film content such as director Q&As, concerts, the New York Met Opera and the Royal Ballet to community cinema screens.

Sister company Picturehouse Entertainment launched in 2010. Its recent theatrical releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England. These will be followed by Sophie Fiennes' The Pervert's Guide To Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek, released on 4 October 2013. Picturehouse Entertainment also distributes a wide variety of non-film content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. These include live satellite transmissions of seasons from world-class arts organisations such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry's talk, and David Bowie is happening now, live from the V&A's hit exhibition.

For further information on Picturehouse Entertainment, please contact Charles@charlesmcdonald.co.uk  07785 246 377


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