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Richard II Tickets

Jonathan Bailey stars as the charismatic but disastrous ruler.
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Richard II Tickets

About Richard II

See Bridgerton and Fellow Travelers star Jonathan Bailey in the title role in Shakespeare's Richard II. Book Richard II tickets on TodayTix.

Don't miss the classic historical play based on the real-life King Richard II, who ruled England from 1377 to 1399. The show, set around 1398, tells the tale of Richard II, a charismatic king who was a poor leader. His dishonesty and constant bad decisions finally cause his subjects to turn against him. The play, which explores resonant themes of honour and appearance, has stood the test of time, having been performed for centuries since its first recorded performance on 9 December 1595 in Canon Row at the house of Edward Hoby.

The play which was based heavily on Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande is the first in a series of four plays, after Richard II comes Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V.

Run time

2hr 30min. Incl 1 interval.

Start date

10th February, 2025

End date

10th May, 2025

Age

Ages 12+.

Stars on stage

Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey

Venue

3 Potters Fields Park, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2SG

Directions

Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: London Bridge or Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Tower Bridge - Stop L) 42, 78, 343

More information about Richard II

Throughout history, numerous critically acclaimed actors have played the title role in Richard II. Notably, John Gieguld first played the role in 1929 at the Old Vic Theatre, and he reprised the role again in 1937 and 1953. His performance helped bring Richard II back into the theatre world after the show’s popularity decreased in the early twentieth century. Other actors who have played the role of the infamous king include Maurice Evans, Paul Scofield, Ian McKellen, Fiona Shaw, and David Tennant. Now, Critic Choice Award-winning actor Jonathan Bailey joins the long list of legendary actors who have played the role.

Richard II in London also boasts an award-winning creative team at its helm, including Olivier-winning lighting designer Bruno Poet (Frankenstein), Tony and Olivier-winning designer Bob Crowley (Mary Poppins, An American in Paris), Tony and Olivier-winning director Nicholas Hytner (The History of Boys, Carousel), and Emmy-winning casting director Robert Sterne (The Crown, Game of Thrones).

What to watch for

  • There have been a variety of film adaptations of Richard II, including the 2003 television movie, Richard II, starring Mark Rylance.
  • The first episode of the BBC television series The Hollow Crown was called Richard II; it was based on Shakespeare’s play and starred Ben Whishaw.
  • In 1995, Fiona Shaw played the role of Richard II in the play at the National Theatre. Having a woman in the role caused quite a stir, as some loved it while others were wholly against it.
  • It is hard to pinpoint precisely when Richard II was written, but on 29 August 1597, the bookseller Andrew Wise entered the play into the Register of the Stationers Company.

Frequently asked questions

What is Richard II about?

Shakespeare’s Richard II, telling the tale of the fall of King Richard II’s reign, comes to London starring Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton, Fellow Travelers).

What is the running time of Richard II?

Richard II runs for 2hr 30min. Incl 1 interval.

How do you get tickets for Richard II?

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Which theatre is Richard II at?

Richard II is at London's Bridge Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for Richard II?

Ages 12+.

How much are tickets for Richard II?

Richard II tickets start at £23.

Who wrote Richard II?

The play is written by William Shakespeare.

Who directed Richard II?

Nicholas Hytner (The History of Boys, Carousel) stages the show.

Is Richard II appropriate for kids?

This play is best for children ages 12 and above, as some scenes of violence may not be suitable for young children.

Is Richard II good?

Richard II, the first in Shakespeare’s tetralogy of historical plays, is a fantastic show and a piece of theatre history that has starred many amazing actors through the centuries. The play now stars award-winning actor Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton, Fellow Travelers).

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