'For within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court'
A country divided and in crisis, a leader whose vanity threatens to drag his people into war.... The havoc that can be wreaked by an incompetent and arrogant king knows few bounds but when young Harry Bolingbroke returns from exile and begins to amass support, Richard must watch as his authority crumbles before him. A story of political ambition, weak leadership and the questioning of constitutional rights, Shakespeare’s words remain as relevant to the modern day as ever.
Using some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful verse, we’ll follow the characters in promenade through the striking setting of Clare Gardens and watch on as the factions and debates of the corridors of power dictate the fate of kings.