NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second220 mins
Simon Russell Beale plays Shakespeare's King Richard II in this visceral new production
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, filmed 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 an 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.
★★★★ 'Few do quiet, eloquent despair as well as Mr Russell Beale.' - Daily Mail ★★★★ 'A timely portrait of a country in chaos.' - Evening Standard ★★★★ Russell Beale is excellent.' - The Times ★★★★ Swift, brilliant.' - The Stage ★★★★ 'An alarmingly familiar depiction of England in total chaos.' - Time Out ★★★★ 'Simon Russell Beale proves himself our foremost Shakespearean actor.' - Independent