Monday 9 December 2013 – Saturday 25 January 2014

The Barbican and the RSC today announce a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard II with David Tennant in the title role at the Barbican from Monday 9 December 2013 to Saturday 25 January 2014. Tickets go on sale to Barbican and RSC members from Thursday 7 March and to the public from Monday 18 March. The play will be directed by Gregory Doran as part of the RSC’s winter 2013 season and it will transfer to the Barbican in December after its run in Stratford in the autumn.

The relationship between Tennant and Doran follows the hugely successful production of Hamlet in 2008, which was also filmed for BBC television by Illuminations, and for Richard II they will be joined by Oliver Ford Davies who also appeared in Hamlet.

Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre at the Barbican, said: “I am thrilled to welcome the RSC to the Barbican for Gregory Doran’s inaugural season with this highly anticipated production of Richard II with David Tennant. The play, which perfectly complements our year-round programme, will receive a seven-week run in the Theatre over Christmas and is part of our ongoing commitment to present world-class theatre on our stages and beyond. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at the RSC to bring Richard II to London.”

Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, said: “I am delighted that we will be presenting Richard II to London audiences at the Barbican this winter, following our very successful collaboration during the World Shakespeare Festival. As we continue our journey to find a home for our work in London, it’s great to work with the Barbican again and it’s a fantastic space in which to present this particular production.”

Press release issued by:  Barbican press office

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