Rehearsed Reading Of Thomas Of Woodstock At The Barbican Today

The Royal Shakespeare Company will today perform a one-off performance of Thomas Of Woodstock at London's Barbican Theatre. 

The Elizabethan  play, by an unknown author, covers the events leading up to the murder of Richard II's Uncle which is the focus of the opening scene in Shakespeare's play. It also includes many of the same characters as Shakespeare's Richard II, including the King and his 'favourites' Bushy, Bagot and Green amongst others. The rehearsed reading will be directed by Owen Horsley who is the Assistant Director onRichard II, and who will also give an introduction to the play at the start of the performance

The performance will be cast with actors from within Richard II; specific cast details have not been revealed.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran said, “Thomas of Woodstock is sometimes referred to as Richard II: Part One. It is an anonymous Elizabethan drama which tells the backstory to Shakespeare's play, staging the events leading up to the murder of Richard's Uncle the Duke of Gloucester, brother to John of Gaunt and to the Duke of York. The King is deeply implicated in his death – and this is the unspoken crisis with which Shakespeare opens his play. It's a truly intriguing play”.

The two hour performance will be followed by a Q&A, and takes place on the afternoon of Friday 20th December at 2pm with tickets costing £5.00. 

A limited number of tickets are still available.
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