A modern take on Shakespearean tragedy

Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: Marc Brenner Simon Russell Beale in the title role, left, and Joseph Mydell as Gaunt appear in the Almeida Theatre’s new production of “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.”

Rockland — “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second” will be presented as a National Theatre Live broadcast production Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m.

Simon Russell Beale plays William Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast live from the stage of the Almeida Theatre in London to cinemas. Beale returns to National Theatre Live screens following his recent role in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Lehman Trilogy.”

This visceral new production about the limits of power is 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.

The performance runs just under two hours. Tickets are $12, general admission. To buy tickets or for more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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