Richard II
William Shakespeare

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Narrated By: , Joss Ackland, Samuel West, Damian Lewis, Janet Suzman, Sophie Okonedo

Duration: 2 hours and 56 minutes

What to expect

In this BBC full-cast production of Richard II, the male ego and narcissism of monarchs are hung out to dry...

Written entirely in verse, the rhythms of the language in this epic tragedy encompass its themes of dignity and kingship with fitting grandeur and pathos, as the capricious and narcissistic Richard is brought to his own destruction.

Starring Samuel West as Richard II.

BBC radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly-formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

In this acclaimed BBC Radio Shakespeare series, each play is introduced by Richard Eyre, former Director of the Royal National Theatre. Revitalised, original and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the modern day.

Genre

Classic fiction, Narrative theme: Love & relationships, Fiction: general & literary, Radio plays, scripts & performances

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