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Director: Adjoa Andoh, Lynette Linton; Written by: William Shakespeare
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse production of Richard II will feature the first-ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a UK stage. The idea behind it was to give a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British, in the light of Brexit and the anniversary of Windrush.
Richard II will begin a year-long cycle of history plays that will include Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III, to explore how Shakespeare himself saw "this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England".
Richard II tells the story of a capricious king beset by problems both at home and abroad. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away he is ultimately forced to relinquish his 'hollow crown'.
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Henry Iv Part I at Globe Theatre – 23 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – The first part of Shakespeare's history of Henry IV which tells the story of Harry Hotspur's battle with Prince Hal to become king of England
Henry Iv Part Ii at Globe Theatre – 25 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – The second part of Henry IV follows Falstaff's attempts to raise an army for the dying king whilst wishing for the war to be over
Henry V at Globe Theatre – 30 Apr to 11 Oct 2019 – When the French dismiss Henry V's claim to his ancestral lands across the Channel he marches the English army to Agincourt
Twelfth Night at Globe Theatre – 4, 7 May, 17 Jun, 13, 16, 18 and 21 Aug 2019 – Twelfth Night is a farcical tale of mistaken identities and is one of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies
Pericles at Globe Theatre – 5, 9 May, 18 Jun, 15 and 21 Aug 2019 – Prince Pericles flees his kingdom and takes to the sea for an adventure that leaves him shipwrecked and fighting for his love
Comedy Of Errors at Globe Theatre – 6, 11 May, 18, 21 Jun, 14, 18, 20 and 23 Aug 2019 – Shakespeare's witty play of mistaken identity sees two sets of estranged twins wandering through the streets of the same town
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