For the first time in its history, the Royal Shakespeare Company has recorded a production from its famed Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre for live broadcast. The production is Shakespeare’s Richard II with David Tennant (of BBC’s “Dr Who” fame) in the starring role. First live streamed to the UK on November 13, the broadcast has now been released world wide.
On Monday, December 2nd at 7pm, audiences seated in the Elizabethan styled Folger Theatre venue will be the first in the United States to see the RSC Live production.
About the Film: RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran presents a vision of the monarch as a man ordained by God to lead his people, but also a king of very human weakness. Tennant’s Richard is 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. Called “mesmerizing” by The Guardian, Tennant imbues his Richard with both chilling power and haunting frailties, in a live recording already that has already proved a smash in the UK. The film co-stars Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt, Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke and Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of Gloucester.
Tickets are $20, available online or by calling 202 544-7077. Folger Theatre is located at 201 East Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC.