RSC announces full casting for Richard II

Steve Orme

Full casting has been confirmed for Gregory Doran’s production of Richard II which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford for five weeks before transferring to the Barbican Theatre, London.

As previously announced, David Tennant will take the title role.

The rest of the cast comprises Elliot Barnes-Worrell (groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Marty Cruickshank (Duchess of York), Gracy Goldman (lady-in-waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (lady-in-waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) and Edmund Wiseman (Harry Percy).

The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Martin Slavin. The movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the fight director Terry King. The production’s music is composed by Paul Englishby.

The production will be the first in the Live from Stratford-upon-Avon series, a programme to screen RSC productions live from Shakespeare’s home town.

Richard II will be filmed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 13 November and will be simultaneously screened in more than 100 cinemas around the country while also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and northern Europe.

The RSC is also opening up its work behind the scenes on this show through a series of short films which will be available online from Friday (30 August).

There will also be live footage on the night, before the show’s screening and during the interval. This will be hosted by broadcast journalist Suzy Klein.

Richard II runs in Stratford from 10 October until 16 November. It then transfers to the Barbican Theatre from 9 December until 25 January.