Richard II

Richard II

Shakespeare's Globe · 22 FEB - 20 APR

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

“There's heaps of praise for the acting chops of this all women-of-colour cast. A play about poor leadership seems fairly apt right now, and it’s only the first of a series of Globe productions that will chart the rise and fall of monarchs in Henry IV (Pts 1&2), Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare’s Hollow Crown cycle of plays you’re in for a treat.”


Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.

Critic reviews

Passionate and courageous take questions who is in control

Evening Standard

Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh co-direct a remarkable retelling of Shakespeare's play


A quietly brilliant take on Shakespeare’s play, performed by an all women of colour company

Time Out

If one definition of a first-rate Shakespeare production is that it makes one view the play afresh, this pioneering show eminently passes the test

The Guardian

This pioneering production is performed entirely by women of colour

Financial Times

The Globe makes history with this first ever all-female, all-BAME Shakespeare

The Telegraph

Lynette Linton and Adjoa Andoh breathe new life into the first of Shakespeare’s history plays

The Stage

Shakespeare's text picks up on the political tensions of our times

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 22 Feb - Sun 21 Apr, 2pm & 7.30pm


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