Thomas of Woodstock

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The Elizabethan play Thomas of Woodstock will have a rehearsed reading on stage at the Barbican during the run of Richard II next month.

The performance is happening at 2pm on Friday 20 December. Tickets cost £5 and are available now from the Barbican box office.

The play, by an unknown author, covers the events leading up to the murder of Richard II's uncle, Thomas of Woodstock the earl of Gloucester, which is the focus of the opening scene in Shakespeare's play.

Richard II, part 1?
It also includes many of the same characters as Shakespeare's Richard II, including the king and his 'favourites' Bushy, Bagot and Green amongst others. It's sometimes referred to as Richard II: part 1 and the king is deeply implicated in his death.

In the Q&A which director Greg Doran did with an audience in October he talked about the ambiguous way in which Shakespeare handles this issue.

The script-in-hand production will be directed by Owen Horsley who is the assistant director on Richard II. He will also give an introduction to the play at the start of the performance which is cast with actors from within that show.

Tickets available now
Buy your ticket from the Barbican box office online or call 0207 638 8891.

Image: The assassination of Thomas of Woodstock, a contemporary drawing by Anonymous [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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