Plays Directory : Richard II

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    William Shakespeare
  • Overview
    The play chronicles the fall of Richard II and the ascendance of Henry IV, known through the play as Henry Bolingbroke. The play is the first in Shakespeare’s second history tetralogy, to be followed by Henry IV pt.1 and 2, and Henry IV. At the start of the play Richard officiates in a quarrel between Thomas Mowbray and Henry Bolingbroke, and after some indecision exiles them both. He subsequently appropriates Bolingbroke’s estate to finance wars against the Irish. This infuriates Bolingbroke, and causes him to raise an army and secure support of noblemen in England. When Richard goes to Ireland to fight, Bolingbroke invades in the north of England and instantly gains a large following, being more popular with the common men than Richard. Bolingbroke then marches on London, with Richard fast running out of friends. When he runs out of options, Richard surrenders to Bolingbroke without a fight at Flint Castle in north east Wales. He is then brought to London as a prisoner. Henry Bolingbroke, now King Henry IV, is stuck with Richard. York’s son, Aumerle is caught plotting against the crown by his father, York, but pardoned by the king due to his mother’s pleading. An overzealous assassin who wishes to remediate the situation goes and kills Richard. Henry bemoans this greatly and swears to go to Jerusalem on a crusade. The stage is set for Henry IV’s tumultuous reign.

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3 known characters

5 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Laura Jayne Hickerton
2019, Queen Isabella
The Open Air Theatre
Ruth Pownall
Ruth Pownall
Actor
2019, Duchess of Gloucester
East15
Laura Davey
Laura Davey
Actor
2019, Richard II
Amanda Elizabeth Rischel
2019, Richard II
Corbett Theatre
Jack Wills
Jack Wills
Lighting Designer
2019, Programmer/Venue Technician
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Alistair Soubra
2019, Henry Bolingbroke
East 15
Lourdes Faberes
2019, Bagot/Ross/Exton
James Drake
James Drake
Actor
2019, Henry Percy, The Earl of Northumberland
Hannah Boggiano
Hannah Boggiano
Wardrobe Assistant
2019, Wardrobe Assistant
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Annabeth Westerman-Blake
2019, King Richard II
East 15
Tom Clare
Tom Clare
Actor
2019, Bolingbroke
East 15 Acting School
Chelsea Leggatt
2019, Richard II
Corbett Theatre
Laura Mcquiggin
2019, Queen Isabella
Emily Millwood
2019, Richard
The Corbett Theatre
Eleanor Bloomfield
2019, Duke of Northumberland
Eleanor Pead
Eleanor Pead
Actor
2018, Henry Bolingbroke
Corbett Theatre
Amos Clarke
Amos Clarke
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Stage Manager
The Sainsbury Theatre
Jessica Munna
2018, Richard II
Lamda Sainsbury Theatre
Nathan Lister
2018, Aumerle
Lorna Reed
Lorna Reed
Actor
2018, Queen
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