The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

By William Shakespeare

Olivier-Award winner, Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, in an encore broadcast that was filmed live at the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London.

This visceral production about the limits of power was directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, whose previous plays include Little Revolution at the Almeida and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre.

Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.

Simon Russell Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following broadcasts of Timon of Athens and King Lear, and his role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Lehman Trilogy.

Broadcast Running Time:  1 hour and 55 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets:  All seats are General Admission
Museum Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

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Tea and Talk with Freddie Harris Spring 2019. Photo by Brett Wellman Messenger.

Pre-performance discussion and Tea – 1:00PM
After her raucously fun Tea and Talk program about Shakespeare’s original performance practices last Spring, Dr. Fiona (Freddie) Harris of Bloomfield College,returns to bring her expert insight into the Bard’s Tudor classic, and the contemporary politics that inform this landmark production!

Museum Members: $10
Non-Members: $12

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On-line ticket sales end two hours prior to a performance.  At that time, please call the Box Office for tickets at 973.971.3706.

Add Museum admission on-site for an additional $3.

Image Credit:  Simon Beale as King Richard the Second.  Photo courtesy of National Theatre Live.


Sep 29 2019


2:00 pm - 3:55 pm