The production opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10 October to 16 November 2013 before transferring to the Barbican Theatre in London on 9 December for a seven-week run.
Alongside Tennant, the cast features:
Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Marty Cruickshank (Duchess of York), Gracy Goldman (Lady in Waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (Lady in Waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) and Edmund Wiseman (Harry Percy).
Not only does Richard II mark the RSC's first production at its former London home the Barbican in ten years, it will also be the first in the Company's collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment - ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon' is a new programme to screen RSC productions live from Shakespeare's home town.
The production will be filmed during the performance in the RST on 13 November 2013 and simultaneously screened into over 100 cinemas around the country whilst 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 available online during the run-up to the screening, beginning on Friday 30 August.
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 is Terry King. The music is composed by Paul Englishby.
- Richard II
- David Tennant
- Royal Shakespeare Company
- Michael Pennington
- Gregory Doran
- Nigel Lindsay
- Oliver Ford Davies