David Tennant on stage in white royal gown and crown.

Richard II

William Shakespeare

The first of Shakespeare's History plays. A story of power and plotting.

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music

    New York

    24 Mar - 1 May 2016

Richard is King. 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. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role.

Our residency at the Barbican culminated in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings. Following its London run, in February Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V will tour to China and Hong Kong, before the complete King & Country Cycle is presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York from the end of March.

Running time: 3 hrs including interval