Richard II, Starring David Tennant, Will Kick Off RSC's "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon" Screenings

By Carey Purcell
September 5, 2013

The first broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon" will be William Shakespeare's Richard II.



Limited screenings will take place Dec. 3, 2013-Jan. 2, 2014 in cities across the United States.

Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran, Richard II features David Tennant ("Doctor Who," "Broadchurch") in the title role.

The cast also includes Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Marty Cruickshank (Duchess of York), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Gracy Goldman (Lady in Waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (Lady in Waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) and Edmund Wiseman (Harry Percy).

"Live from Stratford-upon-Avon" will screen the RSC's productions from Shakespeare's home town around the world. The broadcast of Richard II will be the first of four RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live during the next year and is the start of an ongoing program to make the Company's work more available to a nationwide and global audience. The next titles will be announced in September.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the work we make in Stratford-upon-Avon to the widest possible audience," Doran said in a statement. "Through a brand new partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, who have a great track record in screening the arts live, we can share the RSC's contemporary interpretations of our house playwright across the UK and around the world, direct from Shakespeare's home town."

The production begins performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Oct. 10 and will be captured live during its Nov. 13 performance. Performances continue through Nov. 16 before it transfers to London's Barbican Theatre, where it will run through Jan. 25, 2014.

The staging also features production design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Martin Slavin. The movement director is Mike Ashcroft, and the fight director is Terry King. The production's music is composed by Paul Englishby.

The RSC is also opening up its work behind the scenes through a series of short films available online during the run-up to the screening as well as live footage on the night, before the show and during the interval. The first film can be seen at rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/video-production-diary.aspx.

For cinema listings and booking, visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk.