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RSC to stage Richard II with David Tennant at the Barbican

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Doctor Who

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE BARBICAN and the RSC have announced a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard II with David Tennant in the title role.

The production, directed by Gregory Doran, will be part of the RSC’s winter 2013 season and will run at the Barbican from Monday, December 9, 2013 to Saturday, January 25, 2014, following an autumn run at Stratford.

Tickets go on sale to Barbican and RSC members from Thursday, March 7 and to the public from Monday, March 18.

The relationship between Tennant and Doran follows the hugely successful production of Hamlet in 2008, which was also filmed for BBC television by Illuminations. 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.”

And 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.”

For more information call the Barbican box office on 0845 120 7511 or visit