Richard II, Shakespeare's Globe
Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union. As we play our part in defining a nation’s history and we become the shoulders on which future generations will stand Shakespeare asks us to consider the destiny that we might be shaping for our ‘scepter’d isle’.
Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.
NEED TO KNOW: Richard II by William Shakespeare is at Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 22 Feb to 21 Apr 2019 | book tickets