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Reviews of David Tennant in Richard II at Stratford-upon-Avon
David Tennant - Richard II

On Thursday 17th October 2013 The Royal Shakespeare Company held the Press Night for Richard II after six preview performances.

Below is a collection of the reviews.

There will also be a Press Night in London on Thursday 12th December once it moves to The Barbican.


'David Tennant is mesmerising' says Michael Billington in The Guardian's 4 star review of Richard II. Updated 17/10

'Tennant is frail, pale and consistently interesting' says The Telegraph in its 4 star review of Richard II. Updated 18/10

The Independent has the first review of Richard II. It gives it four stars and includes 'Tennant in splendid form.' Updated 17/10

Daily Mail awards Richard II five stars and writes 'this is a definitive production of a great play.' Updated 18/10

Evening Standard awards Richard II four stars with the by-line 'David Tennant returns to the RSC with a vivid, intelligent performance as Richard II in Gregory Doranís clear, detailed and dynamic production.' Updated 18/10

The Observer has a review of Richard II which includes 'David Tennant is too good an actor to be a dominating star.' Updated 20/10

Financial Times gives 'excellently clear production' of Richard II four stars. Updated 20/10

What's On Stage gives Richard II four stars and writes 'Tennant does a masterful job of keeping him constantly sympathetic.' Updated 18/10

The Times Literary Supplement has an interesting, detailed review of Richard II. Updated 16/11

The Times review of Richard II now shows its four stars in front of the paywall. Updated 18/10

The Stage has probably the least enthusiastic review of Richard II. Updated 18/10

Daily Express gives Richard II five stars with the by-line 'David Tennant gives a bravado performance of a multi-layered, complex and intelligent medieval king in Shakespeare's masterful history play.'
Within the review it says 'Often represented as effete and capricious, even gay, Richard needs a very special actor to seek out all the crevices of his personality. David Tennant is that actor.' Updated 18/10

A MP3 of BBC Radio 3's NightWaves great review of Richard II from last night. Updated 18/10

MP3 of the review of Richard II from Saturday Review on Saturday 19th October on BBC Radio Four. Updated 19/10

Express and Star's review of Richard II included 'Tennant is perfectly cast as Richard' and 'Greg Doran's excellent production of this saga of treachery and regicide brings David Tennant, formerly Doctor Who and the troubled cop in the TV drama Broadchurch, back to the stage and to the thunder of live applause, richly deserved.' Updated 18/10

The former Times theatre critic Libby Purves included in her review of Richard II 'Tennant is almost unbearably watchable.' Updated 18/10

Coventry Telegraph awards four stars to Richard II and writes 'Tennant, whose run as Hamlet in 2008 was a sell-out, gives an intriguing and intelligent performance as the flawed ruler.' Updated 18/10

Stratford Observer's review says ''His death of kings speech is a pin-drop moment.' Updated 18/10

Birmingham Mail has a four star review of Richard II (which contains SPOILERS as it gives away details about how this production stages the plot).
The review includes 'Tennant is excellent as a narcissistic Richard.' Updated 18/10

Buckingham Today review of Richard II says 'Richard II makes fascinating viewing and Gregory Doranís production, which expertly mixes traditional costume with an imaginative high tech set, will appeal to a wide audience.' Updated 21/10

The Hinckley Times 4 star review of Richard II includes the phrase '"Tennant and Lindsay are impressive protagonists. ' Updated 7/11

OneStopArts has a 5 star review of Richard II. Updated 7/11

A review of Richard II in the student publication The Boar uses the phrase 'Tennant of course excels in the role of the King.' Updated 4/11

BBC News has a summation of Richard II reviews titled 'David Tennant's long-haired Richard II rules at RSC.' Updated 18/10

Radio Times has a synopsis of several reviews of Richard II in an article titled 'David Tennant scores rave reviews as Richard II' with the by-line 'The Doctor Who actor follows up his critically acclaimed performance as Hamlet with a "mesmerising" turn as Shakespeare's troubled monarch.' Updated 18/10

ContactMusic asks 'Is David Tennant The Finest Actor in Britain?' in its collection of Richard II reviews. Updated 18/10

Michael Coveney reflects on a returning star and the changing times in Stratford-upon-Avon on What's On Stage. Updated 18/10


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