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Richard II

Updated: Mar 29

60 Hour Shakespeare performance of Richard II in association with Acting For Others to raise money for theatre workers affected by COVID-19.


On 31 Aug 2020, 60 Hour Shakespeare invited a global audience to Richard II, a virtual production streamed live from 5 timezones. The production raised £1,043 for Acting for Others to support theatre workers affected by COVID-19.



SYNOPSIS: This August Bank Holiday, 60 Hour Shakespeare invites the audience through the looking-glass, to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England, where the Plantagenet King, Richard II, sits upon the ground and asks this sceptre’d isle to yield stinging nettles to his enemies. The King has returned from Ireland to find the formerly banished Henry Bolingbroke has an ally, the Duke of York, in his rebellion against the crown. The King had seized Bolingbroke’s inheritance to fund the Irish war and is deposed and imprisoned in Pomfret Castle, but a plot is hatched to restore him to the throne.


CAST: King Richard II - Rylan Beech Henry Bolingbroke - Brandon Dodsworth John of Gaunt - Henry Graham Murray Northumberland - Olga Blagodatskikh Duke of York - Joe Penczak Duchess of York - Noelle Adames Henry Percy - Colin Foulkes Queen - Mary Anna Nagorski Duchess of Aumerle - Sophia Priolo Thomas Mowbray - Henry Silk Duchess of Gloucester - Kat Dulfer Lady Marshal - Ilaria Diotallevi Lady Willoughby - Caroline Taylor Sir Stephen Scroop - Deesh Mariwala Bagot - Charlie Morgan Green - Ruth Cowell Bishop of Carlisle - Bryony Reynolds Bushy - Lola Beal Lady Ross - Alexandra Kataigida Exton - Rachele Spinozzi PRODUCTION TEAM: Director - Gavin Leigh Producer - Charlotte Cline Production Assistants - Olivia Thomson & Lucy Mortlock & Hannah Paybarah Special Thanks To: Leigh Anderson Associates, Bev Baker from Shrewsbury Heritage for supplying costume

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