This moving and eloquent historical drama depicts the conflict between a willful and arrogant poet of a king, Richard II, and his politically pragmatic cousin, Bolingbroke. Rich with memorable scenes and speeches, this lyrical history moves from a splendid medieval tournament to the poignant surrender of a crown; from the queen’s heart-shattering farewell to her king to Richard’s murder—a deed “chronicled in hell” that lives forever as one of the great moments in theater.
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accuse Act 1 Scene actor arms audience Aumerle Bagot banished blood breath Bullingbrook Bushy Carlisle Castle Claus Peymann coronation court cousin crown cycle death deposed directed doth DUCHESS Duke Duke of Hereford Earl earth England English Enter Essex Exeunt EXTON eyes farewell fear Fiona Shaw ﬁrst Fitzwaters Flint Castle Folio gage garden Gaunt Gloucester grace grief hand hast hath head heart heaven Henry VI Hereford history plays honour horse Iohn Ireland KING RICHARD king's kingship Lancaster land liege live London look LORD MARSHAL majesty Michael Boyd Mowbray noble Norfolk Northumberland oath pardon Percy performance Peymann playing Richard political prison production Quarto Queen Richard H Richard II role ROSS Royal Shakespeare Company running scene sorrow soul speak stage tears Terry Hands theater thee thine Thomas throne tongue Tragedy traitor treason uncle vonx weeping WILLOUGHBY words York