RICHARD II (reimagined as a Westminster power struggle) is to be staged in the House of Commons on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This new production gives refreshing new life to Shakespeare’s 420-year-old verse. Scenes span from Whitehall to London City Airport. Lady Eleanor De Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester becomes Political Editor of the BBC.
RICHARD II will be staged in the House of Commons on 23 April, exactly 400 years to the day of Shakespeare’s death. Only 100 tickets are available for the one-off performance in the House of Commons. Owing to high demand, they will be distributed through a ballot, open now until 3rd April at shakespeareinparliament.com.
RICHARD II then transfers from Westminster to the East End on Tuesday 3rd May, with a week-long run at Arcola Theatre.
It is the first-ever performance of a Shakespeare play in the Palace of Westminster, and it will celebrate four centuries of the writer at the centre of Britain’s national culture, in the heart of its national politics.
Tim Delap will play Richard, the charismatic leader who faces a challenge from Harri Bolingbroke (Hermione Gulliford), reimagined in this new version as a female Leader of the Opposition.
Tim Delap starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Casanova, and opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC’s To The Ends Of The Earth. His stage work includes The Woman in Black in the West End, UK tours of The History Boys and Regeneration, and All’s Well That Ends Well at the RSC.
Hermione Gulliford’s recent stage work includes 3 Winters and Hotel at the National Theatre. Previously she played Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
This new production, created by young directors Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud, gives refreshing new life to Shakespeare’s 420-year-old verse. Scenes span from Whitehall to London City Airport. Lady Eleanor De Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester becomes Political Editor of the BBC.
Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud said: “We want to demonstrate the ongoing power of Shakespeare’s writing to speak to new generations and modern concerns. Staging this early masterpiece in Parliament will show how much Shakespeare still has to say about leadership and representation. Reworking Bolingbroke as a powerful female lead will give the play a renewed significance at a time where certain privileges still count for more than they should.
We are thrilled to be presenting the first full Shakespearian production in the country’s seat of power, and on such a special night. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone taking part and watching.”
Only 100 tickets are available for this one-off performance in the House of Commons. Owing to high demand, they will be distributed through a ballot, open now until 6th April at www.shakespeareinparliament.com
RICHARD II transfers from Westminster to the East End on Tuesday 3 May, with a week-long run at Arcola Theatre. Tickets are available now at shakespeareinparliament.com.
Dippermouth and Hartshorn – Hook Productions in association with Arcola Theatre and Arts Theatre West End presents:
A nation in uproar. A leader in crisis. An unlikely successor waiting in the wings. RICHARD II is a gripping political thriller about the seduction of power and the tragedy of losing it.
Saturday 23 April 2016
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Arrivals at 6.45pm
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Exactly 400 years to the day of Shakespeare’s death, witness the world premiere of this exciting new production – live in the Palace of Westminster. This once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience celebrates four centuries of Britain’s most influential playwright, and shows his continuing power to thrill and Arrive in Westminster Hall (the setting for Act 4 Scene 1 of Richard II), with its wooden ceiling built for King Richard in Walk through Parliament’s Central Lobby, passing the statues of Richard, Queen Isabella and Richard’s successor, Henry IV. Tickets: £50
Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 May 2016
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Evenings at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm
Tickets: £19 (£15 concessions)
Group rate: 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased
www.arcolatheatre.com | 020 7503 1646