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  • Director

    Joe Hill-Gibbins

  • Starring

    Simon Russell Beale

  • Run Time

    115 mins

  • Release Year

    2018

  • Country of Origin

    UK

  • Certificate

    12A

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    Satellite

NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Part of the Arts on Screen Season

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Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast 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 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.



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