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Richard II (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent

About the show

BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Ohio State University present the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster. More…

Richard II was ruler by divine right and undone through bumbling mortal wrongs. Shakespeare’s incisive study of squandered sovereignty is the first chapter in the epic cycle King and Country. Video projections, cast onto shimmering curtains, animate a kingly domicile that slowly decomposes alongside Richard’s waning authority. David Tennant makes his US stage debut as the ineffectual king, lending vulnerability to a man whose arbitrary exercises of power lead to his ultimate abdication.


Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent
88
Avg Score

85
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to experience the best of RSC at BAM. Tennant is terrific. Many fine speeches and strong characterizations! Impressive rhymes.

Don't see it if the Shakesp histories don't appeal to you. Even in a smart, updated version, the language is challenging.

82
Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like the bard done in a traditional manner, hearing Shakespeare spoken by Englusg actors, are a fan of David Tennant, like the histories

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding iambic pentameter, traditional stagings bore you, not a fan of the histories, find the bard hard to follow

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Funny

See it if You love Shakespeare or epic power struggles To see a masterful performance by David Tenant and company once in a lifetime

Don't see it if You do not like classical drama or cannot decipher an intricate plot Have no appreciation for excellence

83
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Slightly boring, Masterful

See it if you love David Tennant or Richard II. You'll enjoy his take on the role, supported by a comparably strong cast.

Don't see it if you can't get past thinking this is one of Shakespeare's most boring plays. Or if you can't get a ticket.

91
Moving, Great acting, Great staging, Stellar title performance, Must see

See it if You want to see tour de force interpretation of a challenging role (Richard) by David Tennant. The renunciation scene was masterfully moving

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare and can't sit through a long play with 2-3 bits that drag (about 20 min total).

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance of the title role.

Don't see it if you are not fond of Shakespeare's history plays.

92
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Absorbing, Overlong

See it if you love Shakespeare, David Tennant, or the RSC. Tennant not only carries this beautiful production, he makes it soar.

Don't see it if you can't sit for three hours focusing hard on Shakespearean dialogue.

95
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare, David Tennant, history plays

Don't see it if you want something short and light, you don't like Shakespeare

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Must see

See it if u love Shakespeare & wish to see a superb leading perf. from David Tennant as Richard II. The cast is strong and the prod. flows.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see this. We don't get these opportunities that often. The RSC in Brooklyn, NY...four Shakespeare plays!

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love David Tennant and/or Shakespeare at all. The acting is top notch. The set is not only gorgeous, but entirely useful to the story.

Don't see it if You really don't feel like brushing up on the Hollow Crown history beforehand. Knowing who's who just helps you relax into the actual play.

61
Slow, Long, Great writing

See it if You've never before seen Richard II and are interested...or if you're a David Tennant/Dr. Who fan. He's very good.

Don't see it if You generally have a tough time with Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare, wanted to be massively engaged by this production but was board.

97
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Fantastic shakespeare

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see RSC at its finest. David Tennant beyond brilliant as the doomed king. Second act is spectaular.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a gorgeous production of a classic. If you love Shakespeare, you will be entranced from the 1st note. & Tennant is grand!

Don't see it if u are not a fan of Shakespeare or need it to be set in space or the Old West. Also, if u can't sit a long time - 1st act is over 90 minutes.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Brilliant, Imaginative, Ambitious

See it if you want to see great Shakespeare

Don't see it if you can't spend three hours

74
Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Amazing how relevant this play is with the aim of trying to unseat a leader! Excellent acting, beautifully staged and lovely poetry.

Don't see it if long soliloquies and beautiful poetry do not enchant you.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are a fan of Shakespeare or even classic theatre. This hits the mark beautifully and Tennant remains a master.

Don't see it if you can't follow Shakespeare/don't like it/need a modern spin. This is the classic, masterfully done, but that is all.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love Shakespeare; you want to understand current human relations and politics; you want to see great acting

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare

90
Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see David Tenant deliver a star performance in the freshest and most vigorous staging of this tetralogy

Don't see it if you're going to be bothered by minor (but ingenious) directorial liberties with stage directions

92
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see Shakespeare done right, with complete comprehension, wonderful staging and an absorbing performance by David Tennant.

Don't see it if You don't like any Shakespeare, ever. Poor you!

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you love David Tennant and or want to see Shakespeare done right. It's near perfect

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare?

85
Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You want to be absorbed

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare as it is well done here by our friends from RSC. 400 years later and it is feels as if it was penned yesterday.

Don't see it if listening closely and a joy of the King's language is not your thing.

92
Great staging, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you like Shakespeare (and want to see a less-performed play); you're a Whovian; you like medieval music. RII has some of Shakes' best verse!

Don't see it if you're bored by Shakespeare or English history; you're expecting Tennant as the Doctor.

76
Funny, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You love David Tennant. He's wonderful in this. It's a bit hard to follow, so it helps if you already know the story.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.

85
Clever, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to Shakespeare performed by the greatest Shakespearean actors in the world.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Shakespeare, british history or looking for a show that 2 hours or less.


April 4th, 2016
"This Richard is notably effeminate and moves suddenly between sighing boredom and fits of angry petulance. Mr. Tennant speaks the verse with elegant grace and clarity...Are we to believe that Richard’s growing awareness of his vulnerable humanity...is a direct result of his sexual awakening? Thi...
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April 6th, 2016
"David Tennant is thrilling as Richard II, the vain and insecure ruler who acquires depth and dignity on his descent to deposition and death. Audiences used to seeing Tennant reel off 'Doctor Who' banter will be impressed by how musical and crystalline he renders Richard’s exquisitely lyrical, gl...
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April 6th, 2016
"Its interpretive work is instead done almost exclusively on a conceptual level, and achieved through the acting...This kind of quiet rethinking works best in 'Richard II,' which is to my mind the best of the plays...Tennant, a longtime Shakespearean, naturally has the vocal skills to get the tex...
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April 3rd, 2016
"Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran's staging of 'Richard II' is most notable for the supple playfulness of David Tennant's performance...The U.S. stage debut of the brilliant Scottish actor doesn't disappoint...Not every aspect of the production is as sharp...The women are...
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