Production history in pictures

  • 1815 Richard II

    Playbill for a performance of Richard II, 13th March 1815, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, featuring Edmund Kean as Richard II.

    During the 19th century, Edmund Kean was widely regarded as the greatest actor that ever lived. At the height of his fame, Kean was notoriously eccentric. He is said to have enjoyed riding recklessly on his horse, Shylock, throughout the night. He was also given a tame lion as a gift, with which he was often found playing in his drawing room.

  • Richard II 1947

    Richard II, 1947, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, directed by Walter Hudd, designed by Hal Burton.

    The photograph shows Richard preparing to banish Bolingbroke and Mowbray in Act 1 Scene 3.

    From left to right, Aumerle (Donald Sinden), Queen (Joy Parker), Mowbray (Myles Eason), Richard (Robert Harris), Bolingbroke (Michael Golden), Gaunt (John Ruddock).

    The company also included Joss Ackland as Lord Ross. Photo by Angus McBean.

  • Michael Redgrave as Richard II

    Michael Redgrave in the title role of Richard II, directed by Anthony Quayle and designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo by Angus McBean.

  • Richard II 1951

    Bolingbroke disingenuously kneels before Richard whilst demanding Gaunt's title and lands, in Act 3 Scene 3 of Anthony Quayle's Richard II in 1951.

    The photograph shows, from left to right, Northumberland (Alexander Gauge, left, long surcoat), Henry Percy (Robert Hardy, tunic), Bolingbroke (Harry Andrews, kneeling), Richard (Michael Redgrave), Sir Stephen Scroop (Peter Williams), the Bishop of Carlisle (Duncan Lamont). Photo by Angus McBean.


  • 1964 Richard II

    David Warner performing the title role of Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The production was directed by Peter Hall, John Barton and Clifford Williams and designed by John Bury

    David Warner starred as the villainous Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 film Titanic. The Richard II company also included Eric Porter and Patience Collier. Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • Richard II 1964

    Lord Marshall (Morris Jones, centre left) asking Mowbray (William Squire, centre right) to declare himself in front of Richard II (David Warner, centre, background). The background cast includes York (Paul Hardwick, extreme left) and Exeter (Donald Burton, second left). Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • Richard Pasco as Richard II

    Richard Pasco as Richard II in the 1973 production directed by John Barton, designed by Timothy O'Brien and Tazeena Firth. The photograph shows Richard II in prison, Act 5 Scene 5. Pasco and Ian Richardson alternated between the roles of Richard and Bolingbroke during the run of the production.

    Ian Richardson is best known for his performance as Bill Haydon in the 1979 television adaptation of John le Carré's novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Richard Pasco starred in the 1997 film Mrs Brown.

    Joe Cocks Studio Collection. Reproduced with permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


  • Alan Howard as Richard II

    Richard (Alan Howard) at the coronation of Bolingbroke (David Suchet), Act 4 Scene 1. The production, directed by Terry Hands and designed by Farrah, played at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Jeremy Irons as Richard II

    Jeremy Irons as Richard II in the 1987 production directed by Barry Kyle, designed by William Dudley. The photograph shows Richard and Bushy (Raymond Bowers). Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • Jeremy Irons

    Richard II at the Barbican Theatre, London. The photo depicts, from left to right, Richard II (Jeremy Irons), Duke of Aumerle (Paul Venables) and Bolingbroke (Michael Kitchen). Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • Anton Lesser

    Anton Lesser as Bolingbroke in Ron Daniels' production of Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The production was designed by Antony McDonald.

    Joe Cocks Studio Collection. Reproduced with permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • Samuel West

    Samuel West as Richard II at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. The production was directed by Stephen Pimlott and designed by Sue Willmington. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

  • Jonathan Slinger

    Richard II, directed by Michael Boyd and designed by Tom Piper. Jonathan Slinger appeared in as Richard at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

  • Jonathan Slinger as Richard II

    Jonathan Slinger in the title role of Richard II. The company also included Chuk Iwuji (Duke of Gloucester), Katy Stephens (Duchess of Gloucester), Clive Wood (Bolingbroke). Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

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