It’s been coming for a while, but at last, this past week, it was formally announced that David Tennant will return to the Royal Shakespeare Company to play the title role in Richard II. Greg Doran starts his time as artistic director with an exciting season that, in addition to Tennant’s Richard II, includes stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies at the Swan theatre. But undoubtedly the big media story is Tennant as the deposed king.
We have several months to debate actors, performances and who is going to play Bolingbroke, and Lyn Gardner at the Guardian kicked off the game with a collection of her favourite Richard II moments. It’s breathtaking to see such rich tradition, with the technology providing image and sound at our fingertips.
I wanted to add two audio clips, to round off this impressive media gallery. First, Ed Redmayne as Richard II and Andrew Buchan as Bolinbroke in the Abdication scene, from the 2010 Donmar production.
John Heffernan, one of my favourite young actors and a great Richard II for the Tobacco Factory by all accounts, reading “For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground” from Act 3 Scene 2.
I tried to find clips with Fiona Shaw playing the part, and there is indeed a filmed version of the production, but with little luck. Anyone can point me to the right direction?
Last word to the new contender: David Tennant’s thoughts on the upcoming production.
P.S. Through the Illuminations pages and blog, I see the hashtag championed for the new production is #R2DT. It’s hard to express how perfect that looks.