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Richard II

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2000 studio production of Richard II. Directed by Stephen Pimlott with Samuel West as Richard.
Series
This England: The Histories
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
29 Sep 2000
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Steven Pimlott
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Jason Carr
Animator
Sue Wilmington
Cast
Samuel WestKing Richard II
Catherine WalkerQueen Isabel
Alfred BurkeJohn of Gaunt
David TroughtonBolingbroke
Janet WhitesideDuchess of Gloucester
Adam LevyHarry Percy
Alexis DanielDuke of Aumerle
Alfred BurkeGardener
Christopher SaulHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
David KillickEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Dickon TyrrellBagot
Janet WhitesideDuchess of York
Keith DunphyLord Ross
Paul GreenwoodBishop of Carlisle
Paul GreenwoodThomas Mowbray
Paul McEwanBushy
Paul McEwanSir Piers Exton
Sam CoxLord Willoughby
Tim TreloarGroom of King Richard’s stable
Tim TreloarGardener
Tim TreloarCaptain of the Welsh army
William BuckhurstKeeper of the prison at Pomfret
William BuckhurstGreen
William WhymperAbbot of Westminster
William WhymperEarl of Salisbury
William WhymperLord Marshal

Additional Details

Theatre
Other Place, The
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
This England: The Histories was a season of Shakespeare’s history plays staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2000-2001. The company staged both of Shakespeare’s tetralogies of history plays so that audiences could see all eight plays over several days. The plays staged were: Richard II, Henry IV, part 1, Henry IV, part 2, Henry V, Henry VI, part 1, Henry VI, part 2, Henry VI, part 3, and Richard III. The RSC retained the same actors in the same role, but gave different plays to different directors.
History
Press night 29 March 2000. The production transferred to the Barbican.
Stills
"For Richard II to appear in a grey, polo-necked sweater and black suit may cause alarm among traditionalists. But in Steven Pimlott’s impressive production, played upon an all-white stage bare but for upright white chairs, a rectangular wooden crate and a grave-shaped earth-mound, the decision to opt for contemporary dress proves oddly illuminating. It launches the RSC’s cycle of history plays in provocative style." Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard (30 March 2000).
Reviews
Loveridge, Lizzie ‘Richard II: A Curtain Up London Review’ at http://www.curtainup.com/richard2royalshakespeare.html. Based on the performance of 22 January 2001 at The Pit, Barbican Centre.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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