Richard II

Author(s): William Shakespeare Company: London Theatre Company
Venue: Bridge Theatre, London Dates:

Richard II is charismatic, eloquent, and loved by his friends. And a disastrous King—dishonest, capricious, and politically incompetent.

Echoing down the centuries is the perennial problem: how to deal with a ruler who has a rock solid right to rule but is set on wrecking the country he leads.

Shakespeare’s subtle, ambiguous, and beautiful play finds feudal England on the cusp of modernity, as a divinely sanctioned monarch is confronted, in the figure of Henry Bolingbroke, by the hard-headed pragmatism of real authority.

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