'In Gross Rebellion' - The Latest Richard II Production Blog From Illuminations Is Now Live

John Wyver of Illuminations has posted the latest in his series of blogs detailing the progress of preparations for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of William Shakespeare's Richard II

Previews of Richard II starring David Tennant and directed by Gregory Doran, begin in Stratford-upon-Avon in just nine days. The company worked their way right through the play for the first time on Friday, and will be moving from their London rehearsal rooms to the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre next week. John, who will be seeing a run through for the first time this coming Friday, describes the Richard II set as 'complex'.

John's blog this week also says:
  • There are rehearsal photos by Kwame Lestrade now available on the RSC website
  • Composer Paul Englishby and the production’s musicians have recorded the music for a CD and digital download release
  • The animated trailer trailer for Young Shakespeare Nation featuring David Tennant has been released

Read the full blog post by John Wyver here

The latest video production diary, released last Friday, features Professor James Shapiro who reflects upon the reception of the play within the political climate of the time of its first performance.

Richard II will open at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 10th October 2013 and will run until 16th November 2013. It will then transfer to the Barbican Theatre in London from December 9th 2013 until 25th January 2014. The cast includes David Tennant, Emma Hamilton, Nigel Lindsay, Michael Pennington, Jane Lapotaire and Oliver Ford Davies and it is directed by Gregory Doran. Both the Stratford-upon-Avon and London runs are now sold out.

The production will be filmed and streamed live from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre into cinemas around the UK on Wednesday 13th November, and subsequently into UK schools and to cinemas worldwide in screenings running until February 2014. More details are available via the Live broadcast link above.