Richard II

September 6 – October 1, 2000

Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description London's celebrated Almeida Theatre Company returns to BAM with two of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, Richard II and Coriolanus. Stage and film actor Ralph Fiennes takes the title roles - partnered by Linus Roache as Bolingbroke and Aufidius - at the head of a distinguished company of actors directed by joint Almeida Artistic Director Jonathan Kent.

Richard II, Shakespeare's historical verse tragedy, traces the decline and fall of a young and willful ruler. As the first of Shakespeare's tragic heroes whose personal flaws brought about their downfall, Richard has a knack for making enemies, and brings about his political decline when he maliciously seizes the inheritance of his cousin, the exiled Henry Bolingbroke. A prequel to Shakespeare's Henry IV, the lyrical text was written in the flood of inspiration that also produced Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Identifier 2000f.00697