Monday, 21 October 2013

Richard II (theatre)

Another major company is jumping on the 'broadcast to cinema' bandwagon - soon there won't be any need to trek to real theatres at all! The Royal Shakespeare Company will be screening Richard II on the 13th of November and I expect this to be very popular, not due to the subject or even the Shakespeare, but because the star is David Tennant! He is directed by Gregory Doran, the RSC's Artistic Director, and will be joined onstage by Emma Hamilton as the Queen, Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke.

If you wanted to see the production in the flesh, I believe it is already sold out in Oxford where it started a couple of days ago, but there may still be a seat or two for a few performances at the Barbican Theatre (9th Dec to 25th Jan). Otherwise, it's off to Cineworld we go! The broadcast has a 12A certificate.

Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.

Cineworld, Wed 13th Nov, 19:00.
Tickets £12.78 adults, £10.79 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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