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Strife amongst the nobility is at the root of Richard II, both the play and the King’s reign. Torn between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, the Duke of Hereford, and Thomas Mowbray, the Duke of Norfolk, over the murder of Richard’s uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, the King finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Banishing both men seems the easiest way out of his difficulties, and Richard is all for an expedient solution. However, it’s when Bolingbroke’s father, John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster, dies that the trouble really begins.
In need of funds and determined to put down the Irish uprising, Richard seizes the freshly deceased Gaunt’s properties and money in order to finance his campaign. He’s the king by divine right, after all, and can do what he wants. But even a divine king must face the earthly consequences of his poor decisions, which Bolingbroke proves when he returns to claim what is rightfully his: the title, lands, and all else that belonged to his father.
To borrow from another of Shakespeare’s works, civil blood makes civil hands unclean in this story of a successful insurrection and the overthrow of a king in the middle of a century of war.
Richard II runs two hours.
Richard II is directed by Susannah Rose Woods. Check our website for the full cast and crew, and for locations for each day's performance.