By William Shakespeare
Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to Darwen Library Theatre this February.
This visceral new production about the limits of power will be directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.
Picture credit Marc Brenner
‘A timely portrait of a country in chaos.’
‘Simon Russell Beale is a great Shakespearean actor, capable of exquisite vulnerability and ravenous passion.’
‘Simon Russell Beale proves himself our foremost Shakespearean actor.’
‘A fresh and challenging evening. A stripped-back and arresting production.’
‘Simon Russell Beale is excellent.’
‘By the end the stage is a mess. But then, that’s politics.’
‘Few do quiet, eloquent despair as well as Mr Russell Beale.’
National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theatre to cinemas in the UK and internationally.
Since launching in June 2009, more than fourty live productions have been broadcast to over 650 theatres in the UK alone.
Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theatre, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’ view of each production.
Where these cameras are placed is different for each broadcast, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time.
VENUE: Darwen Library Theatre, Knott St, Darwen, Lancashire BB3 3BU
DATE: Saturday 16th Feb 2019
TICKET PRICES: Full Price Tickets from £14.00
Concession Tickets from £13.00
Tickets are available
By Phone: 01254 706006
In Person: From Darwen Library, Knott Street, Darwen or Darwen Leisure Centre, The Green, Darwen or King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn.