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.

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.

We return to the Barbican with a residency that will culminate 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 - a complete season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V in repertoire.

Please note, there will also be a number of stand-alone performances of Richard II from 7-10 January 2016. Tickets for these performances can be purchased on an individual basis and not as part of a cycle.