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BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present
King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings
Royal Shakespeare Company
Richard II: ruler by divine right, undone through bumbling mortal wrongs. Director Gregory Doran leads the Royal Shakespeare Company in this masterful take on Shakespeare’s incisive study of squandered sovereignty, the first chapter in the epic cycle King and Country. Dramatic lighting, cast onto shimmering curtains, lends painterly atmosphere to a kingly domicile that slowly decomposes alongside Richard’s waning authority. The revelatory David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Hamlet) makes his US stage debut as the ineffectual king, lending vulnerability to a man whose arbitrary exercises of power lead to his ultimate abdication.
Directed by Gregory Doran
Set design and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis
Lighting design by Tim Mitchell
Music by Paul Englishby
Sound design by Martin Slavin
Movement by Michael Ashcroft
Fights by Terry King
RSC Associate Director Owen Horsley guides actors through exercises in verse and movement.
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