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Richard II

Synopsis
Video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of Michael Boyd’s 2007 production of Richard II with Jonathan Slinger in the title role.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2007
Duration
180 (including interval)

Credits

Director
Michael Boyd
Music
John Woolf
Production Design
Tom Piper
Adaptor for Television
William Shakespeare
Cast
Jonathan SlingerKing Richard II
Hannah BarrieQueen Isabel
Roger WatkinsJohn of Gaunt
Clive WoodBolingbroke
Katy StephensDuchess of Gloucester
Ann OgbomoLady attending the Queen
Anthony ShusterGreen
Chuk IwujiDuke of Gloucester
Forbes MassonBagot
James TuckerDuke of Aumerle
John MackayThomas Mowbray
Keith BartlettHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Lex ShrapnelHarry Percy
Luke NealVernon
Maureen BeattieDuchess of York
Nicholas AsburyAbbot of Westminster
Nicholas AsburyBushy
Richard CorderyEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Rob CarrollLord Ross
Sandy NeilsonBishop of Carlisle

Additional Details

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

Notes

History
The production ran at The Courtyard 16 August 2007-13 March 2008; at the Roundhouse, London 1st April - 25 May.
Reviews
Billington, Michael. The Guardian (18 August 2007). Billington writes: ‘What is the essence of Boyd’s style? For a start, a vertical method of staging so that characters make aerial descents like SAS commandos. Boyd also delights in ritual as much as realism, often using bodies in massed ranks. But, most crucially, he believes in the idea expressed by TS Eliot in Four Quartets, of "time future contained in time past." In Boyd’s vision the dead not only return to haunt the living but past actions determine the political future. While it is a deeply Shakespearean concept that gives visual coherence to the productions, it also sometimes overlays the differences between individual plays’.

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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