Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe



Book a ticket to Shakespeare’s Globe for an electrifying take on one of the Bard’s most powerful works, Richard II.

Directed by Simon Godwin, this tale of court is a brilliant character study of a monarch who, despite being ineffectual, is a fascinatingly tragic figure. Arriving at the throne through divine right, the erratic King Richard II makes an enemy of Henry Bolingbroke when he sends him to exile and steals his father’s valuable land.

When events in Ireland, including an uprising, focus the king’s attention away from domestic affairs, Bolingbroke makes an unexpected return to England in an effort to reclaim what is rightfully his. With many aristocrats and figures of power also unhappy with the actions of the king, Bolingbroke senses that the unthinkable could be achieved, seizure of the crown itself.

An engrossing study of power, human fallibility and self-destruction, Shakespeare’s acutely observed play continues to resonate with modern audiences as it visits familiar themes seen in current affairs.

Simon Godwin


Venue Details & Map

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

21 New Globe Walk
+44 (0)20 7902 1400
Public transport:
Tube: Mansion House, St Pauls. Tube/train: London Bridge, Blackfriars, London Waterloo. Walk along the riverside from London Bridge or Waterloo.

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