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  • Start: Tuesday 15 January - 19:00
  • Auditorium: Great Hall

National Theatre Live
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
By William Shakespeare

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to 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.

Press Reviews:

★★★★ ‘A timely portrait of a country in chaos.’ ‘Simon Russell Beale is a great Shakespearean actor, capable of exquisite vulnerability and ravenous passion.’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Simon Russell Beale and Leo Bill shine in this alarmingly familiar depiction of England in total chaos.’ ‘A brisk, sardonic, gore-spattered take on the play.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘Simon Russell Beale proves himself our foremost Shakespearean actor.’ ‘A fresh and challenging evening. A stripped-back and arresting production.’ Independent

★★★★ ‘Simon Russell Beale is excellent.’ ‘By the end the stage is a mess. But then, that’s politics.’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Few do quiet, eloquent despair as well as Mr Russell Beale.’ Daily Mail

Running time: approx. 115 mins

Age rating: 12A

View and download the NT Live Cast Sheet here