'Within the hollow crown, that rounds the mortal temples of a king, keeps death his court.'
Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.
Ruling by divine right, but himself ruled by caprice, King Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke and seizes his father’s vast estates. While Richard is distracted by a rebellion in Ireland, Bolingbroke returns to England, intent on recovering his rightful property and, with the support of his disgruntled peers, perhaps seizing the crown itself.
Running time: 148 mins
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Maylen Anthony @maylenaletter
One of my greatest regrets in life is that I didn't see Richard II at the Globe twice.
Seeing the incredible cast of Richard II at @The_Globe for a 3rd time today because it's an AMAZING show and I am REALLY DORKY.
Darrel Bailey @darrel_bailey
Richard II @The_Globe is turning out to be everything I wanted and more, raw, punchy energy and surprising humour in razor sharp wit
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Richard Coleman @RichardJColeman
Richard II @The_Globe simply the best production I've seen (sorry Eddie, sorry David). Standout performances all over the stage. Magnificent