A year ago today, David Tennant played his final performance as King Richard in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II at the Barbican Theatre in London. William Shakepeare's history tells of a monarch ordained by God to lead his people but whose weakness and vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.
Directed by Gregory Doran, the cast also included Nigel Lindsay, Michael Pennington, Oliver Ford Davies, Jane Lapotaire and Oliver Rix.
The play opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on October 17th 2013 (previews from October 10th) and ran until November 16th. During this time the play was streamed into cinemas across Britain and round the world as the RSC’s first ever live theatre broadcast. The recording was also streamed into UK schools with David and Gregory talking part in a live Q&A session for pupils across the country. The company then transferred to the Barbican in London with previews from 9th December and opening on 12th December. The production closed on Saturday 25th January 2014.
Critical reaction was on the whole very positive, mostly praising David's nervy portrayal of a brittle monarch faced with a loss of his power as a consequence of his own vanities. Much was also made of David's look for the role which consisted of a lengthy set of hair extensions that he wore from late September until the play's close in late January. Coupled with his long flowing robes and gold painted nails he made an androgynous, fey figure in stark contrast to the muscular, armour-clad lords who surrounded him and looked to take his crown by force.
This year the play is eligible for a What’s On Stage Award and David Tennant has also been nominated as Best Actor In A Play.
Richard II is nominated in the Best Play Revival Category. The Royal Shakespeare Company's artistic director Gregory Doran is also nominated for Best Direction for Richard II.
The nominations and winners are selected by you, the fans and voting is only open for the next 7 days.
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Voting closes on Saturday 31st January
The winners will be announced on 15th February.