Production Information


The Royal Shakespeare Company

'Richard II' by William Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

First performance of this production: 15.10.80
Opening date: 3.11.80

The Newcastle Theatre Royal
Opening date: 3.3.81

The Aldwych Theatre, London
Opening date: 10.11.81


King Richard II

Alan Howard

Queen Isabel his wife

Domini Blythe

John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, his uncle

Raymond Westwell

Henry Bolingbroke son to Gaunt, later Henry IV

David Suchet

Edmund Langley Duke of York, his uncle

Tony Church

Duchess of York

Eve Pearce

Duke of Aumerle son to York

Jonanthan Hyde

Duchess of Gloucester widow of Thomas Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester, his uncle

Judith Harte


Sir Henry Bushy

Paul Webster

Sir William Bagot

Gordon Dulieu

Sir Henry Green

Billie Brown

Bishop of Carlisle

Trevor Baxter

Abbott of Westminster

Paul Webster

Sir Stephen Scroop

Brett Usher

Earl of Salisbury

Michael Siberry


Jimmy Gardner

Thomas Mowbray

John Bowe

Lord Marshall

Terry Wood

First Lady

Jo Anderson

Second Lady

Sara Moore

Welsh Captain

Sion Tudor-Owen


Dennis Clinton


Earl of Northumberland

Henry Percy his son

Sir William Ross Lord Fitzwater

Lord Willoughby

Lord Berkeley

Sir Piers of Exton

Bruce Purchase

Chris Hunter

Pip Miller

Hugh Ross

Dennis Clinton

Terry Wood

First Gardener's Man

Second Gardener's Man

York's Servant

First Murderer

Second Murderer


Jimmy Gardner

Sion Tudor-Owen

Kilian McKenna

Michael Fitzgerald

William Armstrong

Dennis Clinton

Michael Tubbs Music Director/Harp Ian Reynolds Flute John Woolf Oboe/Cor Anglais Roger Hellyer Bassoon/Contra Bassoon Peter Morris Horn David Statham Horn Robert Pritchard Trumpet Glenn Coleman Trumpet Gareth Richards Trombone Nigel Garvey Timpani James Jones Percussion

Directed By

Terry Hands

Designed By


Music By

Guy Woolfenden

Lighting By

Terry Hands with Clive Morris

Fight Arranged By

Ian McKay

Company Voice Work By

Cicely Berry with Barbara Thomas

Assistant Director

Ian Judge

Stage Manager

Louise Horswill

Deputy Stage Manager

Trevor Williamson

Assistant Stage Manager

Richard Hakin, Dee Jones

Image of cast list layout in the Richard II programme

The performance is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes in length, including two intervals. The first interval is 10 minutes and the second interval is 15 minutes.

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