The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

3.2 (11) · Shakespeare

Simon Russell Beale plays King Richard II in a visceral new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins


King. The male ruler of an independent state; one who inherits the position by right of birth.

King of the castle. A children’s game in which each child attempts to stand alone on a mound, or sandcastle, by pushing other children off it.

Critic reviews

Simon Russell Beale plays the overthrown monarch in this truncated version of Shakespeare's Richard II


Swift and strange take on Richard II with brilliant performances from Simon Russell Beale and Leo Bill

The Stage

Joe Hill-Gibbins’ stripped-back production delivers a forceful royal downfall, but leaves little space to explore the power plays behind it

The Guardian

A Simon Russell Beale masterclass, but an irksome production

The Telegraph

Simon Russell Beale and Leo Bill shine in this alarmingly familiar depiction of England in total chaos

Time Out

A timely portrait of a country in chaos

Evening Standard

A fresh and challenging evening

The Independent

Simon Russell Beale proves he could recite Shakespeare backwards while eating cereal

Broadway World

It offers a superb evening of excitement with brilliant acting and great directorial decisions, proving that minimalistic productions can be just as engaging and shocking as big-budget spectacles

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 10 Dec - Sat 2 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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