19:45, Tue 24th – Sat 28th February 2009 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 6
'Richard II' depicts the life and death of the final undisputed king of England, the man whose deposition was to cause some of England's bloodiest and deadliest civil battles. The play explores the pressures of rule, the greed of those in power, the nature of tyranny, the human responses to injustice, and most controversially attempts at the moral justification of acts of treason and regicide.
The play contains some of Shakespeare's most evocative and brilliant language, placed alongside many of the most insightful political observations in the history of drama. Combined with a broad and fascinating array of characters, 'Richard II' is a fast-paced and gripping beginning to Shakespeare's History cycle.