In this video Emma Hamilton who played the Queen in 2013 described the first day of rehearsals, including the welcome games they played to help break the ice and build rapport between the actors.
She explained how the show's Director Gregory Doran began to help them explore their characters and also explained some of the historical truth behind Richard's Queen.
David Tennant played the title role of Richard II in Stratford-upon-Avon from Thursday 10th October 2013 until Saturday 16th November 2013 (40 performances) before the production transferred to The Barbican Centre in London from 9th December 2013 until Saturday 25th January 2014 (45 performances).
David Tennant reprised his role as Richard II for The Royal Shakespeare Company during January 2016. This was part of a collaboration between The RSC and The Barbican Centre in London to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The event was called King And Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle Of Kings which was a 4-play season cycle of four productions in repertoire. As well as David Tennant in Richard II, the other productions were Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V.
The whole event ran between Saturday 7th November 2015 until Sunday 24th January 2016 but unfortunately there were only nine performances of Richard II.
The King And Country cycle of plays (including David Tennant in Richard II) transferred to the US between Thursday 24th March and Sunday 1st May 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater. David Tennant played another 10 performances of Richard II in the US.
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