NT Live 2019 Winter to Summer Season: The Tragedy of Richard the Second
Apr 1, 10, 15 & 24 7pm
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by William Shakespeare
Starring Simon Russell Beale
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins
An Almeida Theatre production
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare's Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to Rialto Cinemas.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king's divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre's critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second is playing at the Almeida Theatre from 10 December until 2 February.
★★★★ "Russell Beale is excellent!" The Times
★★★★ "Simon Russell Beale proves himself our foremost Shakespearean actor!" Independent
★★★★ "Few do quiet, eloquent despair as well as Mr Russell Beale!" Daily Mail
★★★★ "Swift, brilliant!" The Stage
★★★★ "An alarmingly familiar depiction of England in total chaos!" Time Out