We’re thrilled to be screening the first ever live cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company. We kick-start an exciting new season of three RSC plays with the sell-out production of Richard II (the fastest selling show in the RSC’s history), with David Tennant in the title role and directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
Richard is King, 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.
Dates & Times:
6:00pm, Sunday 1 December
1:00pm, Saturday 14 December – SOLD OUT
1:00pm, Sunday 15 December
Adult $25, Conc. $22, F/T Student & Child 16&U $15*
SIDEKICKS GET $3 OFF
*Transaction fees may apply
*N.B. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II has been captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon.
A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare’s four plays about the House of Lancaster.
In the presence of King Richard, Henry Bolingbroke (who will eventually be Henry IV) accuses Thomas Mowbray (Duke of Norfolk) of embezzling crown funds and of plotting the death of his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. They will not be reconciled and are about to fight, but Richard stops the combat before it can begin.
Bolingbroke is exiled for ten years (later reduced to six); Mowbray is exiled for life.
John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster, uncle to the king and Bolingbroke’s father) dies after accusing Richard of improper government. Richard orders the seizure of Gaunt’s property, denying Bolingbroke his inheritance. He then departs for Ireland, appointing his other uncle York to govern in his absence.
The Duke of Northumberland reveals that Bolingbroke has returned to England with an army. Bolingbroke persuades his uncle York that he has returned for his rightful inheritance, not to start a rebellion against the crown.
Richard returns from Ireland to discover that his Welsh troops have deserted him, that York has allied himself with Bolingbroke, and the common people are rising against him.
Richard agrees to Bolingbroke’s demands
Bolingbroke and his supporters meet with Richard. Bolingbroke promises to surrender his arms if his banishment is repealed and his inheritance restored. Richard agrees to his demands.
Richard’s cousin, the Duke of Aumerle, is accused of murdering the Duke of Gloucester. Bolingbroke arrests everyone involved in the allegations. Richard agrees to abdicate. Bolingbroke announces his coronation.
A plot is hatched to restore Richard to the throne. York discovers that his son Aumerle is involved in a plot to kill Bolingbroke. Aumerle confesses to Bolingbroke, and is pardoned. Richard is killed whilst imprisoned in Pomfret Castle.
Bolingbroke receives news of his supporters’ efforts to defeat his detractors. Exton presents Richard’s body to Bolingbroke, only to be rewarded with banishment. Bolingbroke promises to undertake a pilgrimage to expiate his sins.
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.
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.
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.
One of the hottest tickets of the year.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Pennington is little short of magnificent as John of Gaunt.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Brimson Lewis’s excellent design.