Reviews

Richard II

★★★★★
A definitive production of a great play and well worth catching when it is broadcast live to cinemas.
Daily Mail

★★★★★
Gregory Doran's exceptional production is a rousing triumph.
Observer

★★★★★
David Tennant gives a bravado performance of a multi-layered, complex and intelligent medieval king in Shakespeare's masterful history play. Gregory Doran's production is superbly orchestrated.
This is a lucid, moving production packed with tremendous performances. From Michael Pennington's John of Gaunt, the last great Englishman, to Oliver Ford Davies's wonderfully bewildered Duke of York
Daily Express

★★★★
David Tennant is mesmerising in the first show of Gregory Doran's six-year plan to present all of Shakespeare's works.
A beautifully crafted, richly detailed production.
Guardian

★★★★
One of the hottest tickets of the year
Times

★★★★
An excellently clear production
Financial Times

★★★★
In director Gregory Doran hands, the piece has pace, wit, emotional depth, and characters you can root for. A complex, rolling, many-splendoured drama that will keep you hooked until the final moments.
Whatsonstage.com

★★★★
A lucid and gripping account of Richard II.
David Tennant is in splendid form here. In his gorgeous, gold-embroidered robes, this Richard is wrapped in the mystique of medieval majesty.
There isn't a weak link in the cast. Ferocious eloquence overcomes deathbed infirmity in Michael Pennington's superb portrayal of John of Gaunt, and Oliver Ford Davies gives a fine edge of grumpy comedy to the Duke of York's conscience-stricken dithering
Independent

★★★★
David Tennant delivers a vivid, intelligent performance in Gregory Doran's clear, detailed and dynamic production. One of the year's hottest tickets.
Oliver Ford Davies's Duke of York is an unalloyed delight
Evening Standard

★★★★
Michael Pennington is little short of magnificent as John of Gaunt
Daily Telegraph

Nigel Lindsay's Bolingbroke is a palpably dangerous figure… Jane Lapotaire turns the Duchess of Gloucester into a silver-haired figure whose widowed grief manifests itself in a burning appetite for revenge
Guardian

A fine, restrained Michael Pennington gives desperate dignity to John of Gaunt's lush – sceptred isle and silver sea – lament for England. Emma Hamilton brings a lovely grace to the small, beguiling part of Richard's wife. As the Duke of York, Oliver Ford Davies is radiantly authentic. He delivers many speeches as if he were quietly arguing with himself and the audience were eavesdropping. When he erupts into violent confrontation he is shattering.
Observer

The Royal Shakespeare Company enters a new era under Gregory Doran with this decisive, intelligent and notably well-spoken revival.
Oliver Rix is a superb Aumerle
The Stage

Oliver Rix tugs at the heart-strings as the youthful Duke of Aumerle, while Emma Hamilton is both strong and sensitive as the Queen
Whatsonstage.com

Stephen Brimson Lewis's excellent design
Independent

Richard II

by William Shakespeare

Barbican Theatre
9 Dec 2013 to 25 Jan 2014

Encore screenings of Richard II are now being broadcast worldwide.

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