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David Tennant - Richard II
David Tennant - Richard II
David Tennant - "Richard II is not a hero at all. He's quite a complicated character so I'm daunted by the prospect of doing it justice, but very excited to be given the chance!"

David Tennant starred in Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon from Thursday 10th October 2013 until Saturday 16th November 2013 (40 performances) before the production transferred to The Barbican Centre in London from 9th December 2013 until Saturday 25th January 2014 (45 performances). David played 85 performances in total. The performance on 13th November was screened in various cinemas around the world and was released on DVD. David Tennant played the title role. The play was directed by Gregory Doran and the Stratford-upon-Avon Press Night was on Thursday 17th October 2013. The London Press Night was on Thursday 12th December 2013.

David Tennant reprised his role as Richard II for The Royal Shakespeare Company during January 2016. This was part of a collaboration between The RSC and The Barbican Centre in London to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

The event was called King And Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle Of Kings which was a 4-play season cycle of four productions in repertoire. As well as David Tennant in Richard II, the other productions are Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V. Antony Sher and Jasper Britton will appear as Falstaff and Henry IV respectively in Henry IV Parts I and II. Alex Hassell will also follow his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II as Henry V in the final play in the tetralogy.

The whole event ran between Saturday 7th November 2015 until Sunday 24th January 2016 but unfortunately there were only nine performances of Richard II. These performances started on Thursday 7th January.
David Tennant also tok part in a Richard II panel on Saturday 16th January.

In April 2015 it was announced that the King And Country cycle of plays (including David Tennant in Richard II) will transfer to the US. The performances will be between Thursday 24th March and Sunday 1st May 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater. David Tennant will play 10 performances of Richard II in the US. Unlike the UK, tickets can be purchased individually for any of the performances of Richard II.

Link to full list of performances in 2016 in both London and New York.

Link to full list of 2013 / 2014 performances and associated events in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and London and link for the performances in calendar format.

The Richard II Music and Speeches CD is available from The RSC Online Shop. It was released on Friday 18th October 2013 and includes speeches by David Tennant.

Reviews from the Stratford-upon-Avon Press Night - 17th October

Reviews from the London Press Night - 12th December

Reviews from the US - 2016

On Sunday 15th February 2015 David Tennant attended the What's On Stage Awards in London and he won the Best Actor In A Play Award.

Royal Shakespeare Company original press announcement.

Wikipedia article about the play.

Fan photos and videos of David Tennant signing at the stage door.

Link to posts related to Richard II on Blogger.com (usually with more detail).

David Tennant Interviews
The Times - 23 Feb 2013

MP3 of David Tennant / Greg Doran interview on Front Row - 1st Oct

The Independent interview with David Tennant and Gregorary Doran - 6th Oct

The Guardian Stage online chat - 6th Nov 2013

David Tennant / Jonathan Slinger talk about Richard II - 16th January 2016

The New York Times - 16th March

Time Out - 17th March

The Observer US - 7th April

Newsweek - 12th April


David Tennant Videos
The Andrew Marr Show - 10th January 2016

RSC website - 23rd Jan 2013

Channel Four - 11th Nov 2013

Conversations On Broadway interview - Wednesday 6th April 2016


2017
The Royal Shakespeare Company will publish a book titled The Big Year on Wednesday 22nd March.
It documents The RSC’s work in 2016 which was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and includes the international tour of King And Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle Of Kings which included David Tennant starring in Richard II in New York and Shakespeare Live! which was hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Updated 22/2


October 2016
After being online for 6 months, today is the final chance to watch worldwide David Tennant in Richard II for free. Updated 23/10

A reminder that Richard II is only available to watch online for free (worldwide) until Sunday 23rd October at this link. Updated 12/10


July 2016
Doctor Who and The RSC calendars (both featuring David Tennant) are available to order. Updated 28/7

Shakespeare's Acts Of Will book is published. It has a photo of David Tennant as Richard II on the cover. Updated 28/7

A photo of David Tennant as Richard II is on the cover of a new Shakespeare's Acts Of Will book which will be released on Thursday 28th July. Updated 11/7


May 2016
Reviews of David Tennant in Richard II and the King And Country plays in the US. Updated 20/5


April 2016
Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 104th and final performance.) Updated 29/4

The final lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant tomorrow in his 104th performance of Richard II. Updated 28/4

Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 103rd performance.) Updated 26/4

The lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in his 103rd performance of Richard II tomorrow. Updated 25/4

NPR Radio broadcast an interview today with David Tennant and Greg Doran about the 4 plays currently playing in Brooklyn and about the 400th anniversary. Updated 23/4

David Tennant in Richard II performance is now available to watch online worldwide.
It will be available for six months. Updated 22/4

Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 102nd performance.) Updated 19/4

The lottery for $30 on-stage cushion seats opens at midnight for the Richard II performance tomorrow. Updated 18/4

David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 3pm. (This is his 101st performance.) Updated 17/4

The lottery for $30 on-stage cushion seats opens at midnight for the Richard II matinee performance tomorrow. Updated 16/4

Exeunt Magazine has a review of Richard II with the sub-title 'It’s a physical performance as much as a verbally dexterous one.' Updated 15/4

The David Tennant / Royal Shakespeare Company filmed performance of Richard II will be released internationally to watch online via the BBC from from 10.30pm on Saturday 23rd April. Updated 14/4

David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 100th performance.) Updated 14/4

The sixth lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 13/4

Newsweek has a new interview with David Tennant about Richard II. Updated 12/4

Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 99th performance.) Updated 12/4

The fifth lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 11/4

Huffington Post's 4 star review of the King And Country plays includes 'Tennant is very good indeed.' Updated 11/4

A video of 35 minutes of the Conversations On Broadway with David Tennant from Wednesday 6th April has been posted online.
In the video David Tennant speaks about acting in general and performing in Richard II in particular. David is also asked about Doctor Who, joining The RSC, Hamlet, Broadchurch, Jessica Jones and Harry Porter. Updated 10/4

New York Post has a short review with the title 'David Tennant is a brilliant Richard II off-Broadway.' Updated 8/4

Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 98th performance.) Updated 8/4

Time Out New York has a 5 star review of the King And Country plays which includes 'David Tennant is equally thrilling.' Updated 7/4

The Observer has a new interview with David Tennant about Richard II, Doctor Who and Jessica Jones. Updated 7/4

The fourth lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 7/4

Vulture review of the four King And Country plays describes David Tennant's performance as 'the standout of the Henriad.' Updated 6/4

A lovely photo of David Tennant backstage at Richard II has been posted to Twitter. Updated 6/4

AM New York lists David Tennant as one of the 'standouts' in its King And Country review. Updated 5/4

David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm tonight. (This is his 97th performance.) Updated 5/4

David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm tonight. (This is his 97th performance.) Updated 5/4

New York Times review of Richard II includes 'speaks the verse with the elegant grace and clarity you would expect of an actor with his history.' Updated 4/4

Brooklyn Daily Eagle review of Richard II includes 'played brilliantly and heartbreakingly by Tennant.' Updated 4/4

Bloomberg have a very short interview with David Tennant from the RSC / BAM event last night (about Richard II and US politics).
There is also a new photo of David with Alex Hassell. Updated 4/4

The third lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 4/4

Photos of David Tennant attending King And Country benefit last night in New York. Updated 4/4

A new photo of David Tennant in Richard II from The Hollywood Reporter has been added to Twitter. Updated 4/4

The Hollywood Reporter has a review of ‘the brilliant Scottish actor’ David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 4/4

Newsday has posted the first American review of 'mesmerizing' David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 3/4

New audio interview from The Joe D Show with David Tennant about Richard II, Doctor Who, Jessica Jones and Shakespeare Live! Updated 1/4

David Tennant is the guest for Conversations On Broadway on Wednesday in New York. Updated 1/4

Tonight David Tennant performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm. (This is his 96th performance and the press night.) Updated 1/4

King And Country DVD boxset (released including David Tennant in Richard II) is released today. Updated 1/4

March 2016
The second lottery for $30 on-stage seats opens at midnight to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 31/3

The Stage has a competition to win a copy of the King And Country DVD boxset. Updated 30/3

King And Country DVD boxset (released including David Tennant in Richard II) to be released on Friday (1st April). Updated 30/3

Audio of the David Tennant / Jonathan Slinger talk about Richard II from January. Updated 25/3

The Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) have added a King And Country promo video to YouTube which includes scenes from Richard II. Updated 24/3

David Tennant makes his American stage debut tonight when he performs Richard II at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater in the US at 7.30pm.
(This is his 95th performance.) Updated 24/3

The first lottery for $30 on-stage cushion seats for Richard II opens at midnight. Updated 23/3

Time Out has a new interview with David Tennant about Richard II (and Broadchurch). Updated 17/3

David Tennant in Richard II - interview in The New York Times

New David Tennant interview in The New York Times about Richard II.
The interview includes two new photos of David. Updated 16/3

$30 on-stage cushion seat tickets to be available via lottery for David Tennant in Richard II in the US. Updated 10/3

February 2016
A BBC Arts video looks at The RSC props, make-up and costumes for the King And Country plays.
David Tennant is shown briefly at 1 min 40 seconds (about his hair). Updated 25/2

January 2016
New photos of David Tennant in Richard II with the new cast have been posted to Facebook. Updated 22/1

David Tennant plays Richard II in the fourth and final King And Country cycle of plays tonight at The Barbican Centre. (This is his 94th performance.) Updated 22/1

David Tennant plays Richard II in the third of the King And Country cycle of plays tonight at The Barbican Centre. (This is his 93rd performance.) Updated 19/1

David Tennant takes part in a Richard II panel at The Barbican Centre in London at 11am. Updated 16/1

David Tennant plays Richard II in the second of the King And Country cycle of plays tonight at The Barbican Centre. (This is his 92nd performance.) Updated 15/1

A great photo of David Tennant at the Richard II cast panel on Tuesday evening has been posted to Twitter. Updated 14/1

The Times has a 4 star review of Richard II (behind a paywall) which includes the phrase 'Tennant is spellbinding.' Updated 13/1

A report of the Richard II cast talkback last night has been posted to Wordpress. Updated 13/1

David Tennant plays Richard II in the first of the King And Country cycle of plays tonight at The Barbican Centre. (This is his 91st performance.) Updated 12/1

Video (which plays worldwide) of the David Tennant and Gregory Doran interview on The Andrew Marr Show today about Richard II has been posted to DailyMotion.com. Updated 10/1

David Tennant performs Richard II at The Barbican Centre in London at 2pm. (This is his 90th performance.) Updated 10/1

David Tennant plays two performances of Richard II at The Barbican in London today. Updated 9/1

A few tickets have now been put on sale for individual performances of Richard II within the King And Country cycle. Updated 8/1

David Tennant and Gregory Doran will be interviewed on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One this Sunday (10th). The show starts at 9am. Updated 8/1

Differences between this run of Richard II and David Tennant's 2013 / 2014 production. Updated 8/1

Tonight David Tennant performs his 87th performance of Richard II at The Barbican Centre in London at 7.15pm. Updated 8/1

The RSC has added a Vine to Twitter showing backstage shots for Richard II. Updated 7/1

David Tennant reprises his role as Richard II at The Barbican Centre in London at 7.15pm. (This is his 86th performance.) Updated 7/1

December 2015
A video of David Tennant talking about Shakespeare has been posted to YouTube by The Economist. Updated 29/12

David Tennant is interviewed briefly a few times (starting at 26.35) about Shakespeare in a look at 2016 video which has been posted to YouTube. Updated 17/12

Posters of David Tennant are appearing on London Underground about his return as Richard II for The RSC. Updated 16/12

Tickets go on sale today to the public for single performances of Richard II in Brooklyn. Updated 7/12

November 2015
Tickets go on sale today to BAM members for single performances of Richard II in Brooklyn. Updated 30/11

Tickets go on sale the public for complete cycles of the King And Country plays in Brooklyn. Updated 16/11

Tickets go on sale to BAM members today for complete cycles of the King And Country plays in Brooklyn. Updated 9/11

The RSC has announced that David Tennant will be joined by Jonathan Slinger at the sold out King And Country talk on Saturday 16th January. Updated 8/11

October 2015
The confirmed dates for David Tennant's 10 performances of Richard II in the US. Unlike the UK, tickets can be purchased individually for any of the performances of Richard II. Updated 22/10

September 2015
As tomorrow marks 100 days until David Tennant's return to Richard II, we will start our popular theatre countdown each day at 8am on Twitter! Updated 28/9

David Tennant / Richard II page from a RSC mailing about the King And Country Cycle. Updated 22/9

Tickets for David Tennant's Richard II panel at The Barbican go on sale to the public today. Updated 14/9

RSC Supporters and Members priority booking for David Tennant's Richard II Panel opens today at 10am. Updated 11/9

David Tennant to take part in a Richard II panel on Saturday 16th January in London. Updated 9/9

May 2015
Public booking opens today to see David Tennant in Richard II in London in January. Updated 5/5

RSC Associate Members booking opens for Richard II today at 10am. Updated 30/4

RSC full members booking opens today at 10am for Richard II in London in January. Updated 27/4

RSC Supporters priority booking opens for Richard II today. Updated 24/4

Issue 2 of Shakespeare Magazine has been posted online. It includes interviews with some fans of David Tennant after he played Richard II. Updated 22/4

David Tennant is confirmed to perform in Richard II in Brooklyn, NY.
The dates for the Royal Shakespeare Company King And Country performances in the US will be between Thursday 24th and Sunday 1st May 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater. Updated 20/4

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that David Tennant will host a live BBC Two broadcast to celebrate Shakespeare's legacy and Richard II will play in New York in 2016.
On Saturday 23rd April 2016 David Tennant will host a live broadcast on BBC Two to celebrate Shakespeare's legacy. This will be broadcast live from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The RSC has also announced that the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York, will host all four History plays (Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V) in collaboration with The Ohio State University. The RSC has not announced yet whether or not David Tennant will again reprise his role in Richard II. Nor has any time period for these performances been announced yet. Updated 20/4

March 2015
David Tennant will only play nine performances of Richard II in January 2016. These performances will start on Thursday 7th January.
The stand-alone dates David will be performing are:
Thursday 7th January - 7.15pm
Friday 8th January - 7.15pm
Saturday 9th January - 1.30pm
Saturday 9th January - 7.15pm
Sunday 10th January - 2pm
David will also perform during the King And Country complete cycles on the following dates:
Tuesday 12th January - 7.15pm
Friday 15th January - 7.15pm
Tuesday 19th January - 7.15pm (Audio described and captioned performance)
Friday 22nd January - 7.15pm Updated 10/4

The David Tennant / King And Country cycle plays starts from Thursday 10th December according to a new website set up by The RSC. Updated 28/3

David Tennant will reprise his role as Richard II for The Royal Shakespeare Company from November 2015 until January 2016.
This is part of a collaboration between The RSC and The Barbican Centre in London to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The event is being called King And Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle Of Kings which is a 4-play season cycle of four productions in repertoire. As well as David Tennant in Richard II, the other productions are Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V.
The event will run between Saturday 7th November 2015 until Sunday 24th January 2016. Stand-alone performances of Richard II are from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th January 2016.
Booking for RSC members starts on Friday 24th April and for the general public on Tuesday 5th May. Updated 25/3

Febrary 2015
Photo by Darren Bell of Best Actor In A Play: David Tennant has been posted to Twitter. Updated 15/2

The director of Richard II, Gregory Doran, was nominated for the Best Direction Award at the What's On Stage Awards but unfortunately did not win as Laurence Connor was the winner for Miss Saigon. Updated 15/2

A photo of David Tennant with his award for Best Actor In A Play in the pressroom has been posted to Twitter. Updated 15/2

David Tennant won the Best Actor In A Play Award for Richard II at What's On Stage Awards tonight!
What's On Stage joked that in David's acceptance speech he name-checked his hair extensions in Richard II!
He also said "British theatre has this amazing knack of reinventing itself and staying the best in the world year after year." Apparently he added "If I may say so in an election year, any money spent in the arts industry is not an expense but an investment."
David also revealed that he saw Richard II as a student and "assaulted" Derek Jacobi for an autograph! Updated 15/2

Unfortunately Richard II did not win Best Play Revival Award at What's On Stage Awards as Coriolanus won. Updated 15/2

15th Annual What's On Stage Awards are announced tonight. David Tennant shortlisted for Best Actor In A Play Award, Richard II for Best Play Revival Award and Gregory Doran for Best Direction Award. Updated 15/2

January 2015
It was a year ago today that David Tennant played his final two performances of Richard II. Updated 25/1

December 2014
David Tennant has been shortlisted in the 15th Annual What's On Stage Awards for the Best Actor In A Play Award. David received his nomination for Richard II.
Richard II has also received a nomination for the Best Play Revival Award and the director of Richard II, Gregory Doran, has also been nominated for the Best Direction Award. Updated 05/12

What's On Stage Awards named nominations are announced at lunchtime today.
Fans have been voting for both David Tennant as Best Actor and Richard II as Best Play. Updated 05/12

November 2014
Nominations end today for David Tennant Richard II in the What's On Stage Awards. The named nominations will be announced on Friday. Updated 30/11

It was a year ago today that David Tennant played the final two Stratford-upon-Avon performances of Richard II. Updated 16/11

What's On Stage reports that David Tennant in Richard II helped The RSC reach 1.7m audience in 2013-14 and says that 'Richard II was broadcast live to over 100,000 people in cinemas across the UK and around the world, as the first production live from Stratford-upon Avon.' Updated 15/11

The RSC 2013/2014 annual report contains photos of David Tennant from Richard II both on the cover and inside the report. Updated 14/11

October 2014
The nominations are open for the What's On Stage Awards. David Tennant and Richard II can be nominated by fans for the named poll which will be announced at lunchtime on Friday 5th December. Updated 31/10

Richard II Schools' Broadcast Q and A (with David Tennant and Greg Doran) is now on YouTube. Updated 11/10

It was a year ago today that David Tennant played the first performance of Richard II for The RSC. Updated 10/10

August 2014
The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has dropped 6 places to #35 on the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14, 19, 17, 17, 22, 29 and 35.) Updated 12/8

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has dropped 5 places to #29 on the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14, 19, 17, 17, 22 and 29.) Updated 8/8

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has dropped 5 places to #22 on the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14, 19, 17, 17 and 22.) Updated 2/8

July 2014
The Stage reports that cinema screenings of live theatre (including David Tennant in Richard II) generated £7.2 million in the UK during 2013. Updated 25/7

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has stayed at #17 in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14, 19, 17 and 17.) Updated 23/7

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has gone up 2 places to #17 in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14, 19 and 17.) Updated 17/7

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II has dropped 5 places to #19 in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14, 14 and 19.) Updated 10/7

The David Tennant / RSC Richard II stayed at #14 in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14 and 14.) Updated 4/7

The Mirror interview with Artistic Director of The RSC Gregory Doran includes four photos of David Tennant and Greg say that he hopes that David Tennant will do more plays for the company. Updated 3/7

BroadwayWorld reports that the filmed version of Richard II was seen by 130,000 people in 14 countries at the cinema. Updated 02/7

June 2014
The RSC version of Richard II has gone up 3 places to #14 (from #17) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17, 14.) Updated 26/6

The RSC version of Richard II has dropped to #17 (from #11) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 17.) Updated 19/6

The RSC version of Richard II has dropped to #11 (from #9) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9, 11.) Updated 12/6

David Tennant is on the cover of Shakespeare Magazine. Updated 7/6

The RSC version of Richard II has dropped to #9 (from #6) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. (It has been placed at 1, 4, 6, 9.) Updated 2/6

May 2014
The RSC version of Richard II has dropped to #6 (from #4) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. Updated 29/5

The RSC production of Richard II is now available to download on iTunes. Updated 22/5

The RSC version of Richard II has dropped to #4 (from #1) in the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 this week. Updated 19/5

Amazon in the US are now listing Richard II in stock following yesterday's release. Updated 14/5

Officially The RSC Richard II production is released on DVD and Blu-ray today in the US. However Amazon states that both versions are out of stock and fans have reported receiving email stating that they will not be despatched today. Updated 13/5

The RSC DVD of Richard II is Number One this week on the Official Special Interest Video Top 40 Chart. Updated 13/5

RSC DVD of Richard II

The Guardian has reported that the David Tennant / RSC screening of Richard II in UK cinemas has generated £1.44 million to date. Updated 7/5

Richard II DVD and Blu-ray are released today and are available to purchase from The RSC website. They play worldwide. Updated 6/5

April 2014
A thank you card from David Tennant and The RSC for going to see Richard II has been posted to Instagram. Updated 30/4

Shakespeare Magazine has tweeted that they want stories of fans seeing David Tennant performing Shakespearean roles on stage. Updated 25/4

Two very short clips (with no sound!) of David Tennant from Richard II was shown on The One Show on BBC One tonight in regards to Shakespeare's birthday. Updated 23/4

Pre-ordering The RSC / David Tennant Richard II DVD is one of Radio Times suggestions for celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday. Updated 23/4

The Telegraph article on Shakespeare's 450th birthday includes a mention and photo of David Tennant's Richard II. Updated 21/4

David Tennant is 'seen on stage' at the beginning of RSC Henry IV. Updated 17/4

RSC Richard II encore screenings in cinemas start today. Updated 13/4

Live From S-U-A tweeted that additional screenings of Richard II are being added each week. Updated 7/4

March 2014
The opening scene of Richard II has been posted to YouTube. Updated 22/3

The Richard II DVD and Blu-ray release date is Tuesday 6th May and available to pre-order from The RSC website. Updated 19/3

Michael Billington in The Guardian moans about the focus of the Olivier nominations (including the fact that David Tennant wasn't nominated). Updated 11/3

Richard II cast (including David Tennant) are mentioned in a What's On Stage article about Shakespeare's most popular plays. Updated 5/3

David Tennant is listed as one of the contributors to a new historical documentary called How To Get Ahead which starts on BBC Four on Wednesday 12th March at 9pm. Updated 2/3

February 2014
Richard II will be shown at Picturehouse cinemas again in April. Updated 25/2

Unfortunately Richard II did not win Best Regional Production Award at What's On Stage Awards tonight as My Fair Lady won. Updated 23/2

The winners of the What's On Stage Awards are announced tonight. Richard II was nominated for Best Regional Production Award. Updated 23/2

The RSC's Richard II has won Best Live Theatre / Screened Event Award from the Lighthouse Media Centre in Wolverhampton. Updated 22/2

Currently The RSC have an offer for both the David Tennant Richard II and Hamlet posters for only £8. Updated 22/2

David Tennant will not attend the RADA event at Buckingham Palace tonight. Updated 17/2

The Telegraph reports that David Tennant in Richard II is an example of how primary school children can be captivated by Shakespeare. Updated 9/2

Jeffrey Archer says 'David Tennant was exceptional in Richard II' in an interview in The Independent. Updated 6/2

Studio Design has a technical article about the lighting and backdrop chains for Richard II. Updated 6/2

New York Times examines David Tennant in Richard II, Jude Law in Henry V, and Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus. Updated 3/2

The Telegraph believes David Tennant MAY attend a RADA event at Buckingham Palace on Monday 17th February. Updated 2/2

January 2014
David Tennant in Richard II is one of the Shakespeare performances admired by The New York Times. Updated 30/1

In The Guardian Lyn Gardner writes that she doesn't like star-casting in Shakespeare but thinks David Tennant is 'up to the role.' Updated 30/1

Illuminations compare the filmed and live versions (at the end of the run) of Richard II. Updated 28/1

There were mishaps and emotions in the final week of performances of Richard II! Updated 26/1

Today there is a cast screening of the filmed Richard II performance in London. Updated 26/1

After the final performance of Richard II, Nigel Lindsay tweeted 'Ta for kind tweets.Richard II great experience. Audiences fantastic SUA & Barbican. Makes real difference to us. Thank you and Emma Hamilton tweeted 'Final performance under way. Am a weepy mess, frankly. Going to miss these dear, sterling folk something chronic.' Updated 25/1

Tonight David Tennant plays the 85th and final performance of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London at 7.15pm. More details are at this link. Updated 25/1

Today at 12pm at The Barbican cinema there is a showing of the filmed performance of Richard II from 13th November, followed by a Q&A with director Greg Doran. More details are here. Updated 25/1

Unfortunately Simon Thorp will not play in tonight's performance of Richard II. His parts will be played by Joshua Richards and Antony Bryne. Updated 24/1

iol has posted a review of the filmed version of Richard II. Updated 24/1

Chance to own a piece of Richard II memorabilia by making a donation to The RSC. Updated 22/1

Today there is a Richard II Sixth Form Conference in London by The RSC at The Barbican Centre. Updated 22/1

David Tennant in Richard II is one of Evening Standard's Cool Things To Do in London This Week. Updated 20/1

Today The RSC tweeted 'We are hoping to release a DVD of the Richard II live broadcast in Spring 2014. We'll post on Twitter when we know more.' Previously RSC staff in Stratford-upon-Avon said it would be released in February. Updated 20/1

This week David Tennant plays performances 79 to 85 of Richard II. Details are here. Updated 20/1

More great photos of David Tennant and the cast at the Richard II Q & A on 8th January have been posted to Tumblr. Updated 19/1

Today David Tennant plays the 77th performance (a matinee) of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London at 2pm. This is an audio-described performance with a Touch Tour from 12pm to 12.30pm. Updated 18/1

David Tennant in Richard II is mentioned in The Guardian article about live versus filmed theatre. They say that 60,000 people saw the screened performance in cinemas around the world. Updated 17/1

David Tennant's absence from The Stage's 100 List is noted in a reader's letter this week. Updated 15/1

This week David Tennant and the cast will play performances 71 to 78 of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London. The performances are on Monday to Saturday evenings and a matinee on both Wednesday and Saturday. Updated 13/1

There is a photo of David Tennant in Sydney Morning Herald in an article about visiting Shakespeare sites in England. Updated 12/1

'Charismatic' David Tennant is included in Daily Telegraph article about leading men on the stage. Updated 12/1

Today is day 2 of The RSC Weekend Lab for Richard II at The Barbican Centre in London. Updated 12/1

This weekend The RSC host their Richard II Weekend Lab at The Barbican. Updated 11/1

Photos and a recap of the Richard II Cast Talk last night at The Barbican (which included David Tennant). Updated 9/1

Hackney Citizen has a new review of Richard II which includes the phrases 'David Tennant is a brilliant Richard II' and 'The production follows an acclaimed run in Stratford and marks a new tie-up between the RSC and the Barbican for which this sets a very high standard.' Updated 9/1

Five videos of David Tennant answering questions at the Richard II Cast Talk last night have been added to YouTube. Updated 9/1

Due to continued illness Simon Thorp will again not be on stage in tonight's performance of Richard II. He was first off last Friday. Updated 8/1

There is a Richard II Cast Talk after the performance tonight at The Barbican for anyone who is attending the performance. It is not known whether David Tennant will attend. Updated 8/1

This week David Tennant and the cast will play performances 64 to 70 of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London. The performances are on Monday to Saturday evenings and a matinee on Saturday plus there is a cast talk after the performance on Wednesday. Updated 6/1

Simon Thorp is again having to miss today's performances of Richard II. Updated 4/1

On Saturday 25th January at 12pm at The Barbican there will be a cinema showing of the filmed performance of Richard II from 13th November, followed by a Q&A with director Greg Doran. Tickets at £17 are available at this link. Updated 4/1

Understudies were used last night for a performance of Richard II for the second time in this run. Updated 4/1

December 2013
Michael Billington chooses Richard II in The Guardian Writers Best Theatre of 2013. Updated 31/12

Nigel Lindsay will return to the role of Bolingbroke tonight in Richard II. Updated 30/12

This week David Tennant and the cast play performances 59 to 63 of Richard II at The Barbican Centre. There are performances tonight, Thursday and Friday evenings, plus two on Saturday. Updated 30/12

Due to illness Nigel Lindsay will not be playing Bolingbroke today In Richard II. Edmund Wiseman will replace him. More details are at this link. Updated 28/12

David Tennant returns to the stage tonight after his Christmas break. Updated 27/12

Evening Standard has an article about David Tennant having US accent lessons for Gracepoint and hair extensions for Richard II. Updated 23/12

A video of David Tennant and the cast of Richard II (along with casts from other theatre productions) singing Do They Know It's Christmas has been posted to YouTube. Updated 23/12


What's On Stage spotlights the Best Regional Production in its awards. Richard II is currently winning with 32%. Voting ends on 31st January. Updated 23/12

This week David Tennant and the cast play performances 56 to 58 of Richard II. There is a performance on Friday evening and two on Saturday. Updated 23/12

Daily Express gives a 5 star review for Richard II and includes 'Tennant still glorious at the Barbican Theatre.' Updated 22/12

The Telegraph round-up of 2013 Theatre includes the phrase 'much admired production of Richard II starring the great David Tennant.' Updated 22/12

The Guardian includes David Tennant in its Four Leading Men Turn Into London's Hottest Tickets (for Richard II). Updated 22/12

Today David Tennant plays the 55th performance (a matinee) of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London at 3pm. This is their final performance before Christmas. Updated 22/12

The cast of Richard II have sung Feed The World (at the request of the Les Miss cast) for Room 9 Advent in aid of Water Aid. Updated 21/12

Richard II screenings have been added in South Africa and Japan. Updated 20/12

Huffington Post have posted more photos of David Tennant in the Absolute Radio Zombie Claus pantomine earlier today. Updated 20/12

Radio Times has more photos of David Tennant in the Absolute Radio Zombie Claus pantomine. Updated 20/12

The Guardian (local) has a review of Richard II which starts with 'There was a standing ovation when the curtain fell on Richard ll at the Barbican, and it was well justified. The whole theatrical experience was spellbinding – from the angel-like voices of the singers which rang out as the play opened to the gripping performances of David Tennant and the entire cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company.' Updated 20/12

David Tennant's interview on BBC Radio Four People Of The Year 2013 Show (broadcast next Tuesday) has been posted to the Radio Four website. David discusses Richard II, Broadchurch, Doctor Who and Gracepoint among other topics. Updated 20/12


Today there is a rehearsed reading by some of the Richard II cast at The Barbican Centre of Thomas Of Woodcock at 2pm. Updated 20/12

Richard II is one of Metro's Five Plays To See. Updated 19/12

Today there was a full Richard II understudy run. Updated 18/12

Evening Standard reports that both David Tennant and Richard II are on 2013 Most Sought After Theatre Tickets List. Updated 17/12

The latest issue of the Stage Management Association magazine has a photo of David Tennant on the front cover from Richard II. Updated 16/12

Today Elliot Barnes-Worrel tweeted that they did a refresher run of the understudy performance of Richard II. He wrote 'It's exciting to see the cast mix up the roles and play it differently.' Updated 16/12

The Telegraph describes Richard II as 'magnificant and says 'David Tennant a captivating, enigmatic, quixotic king' in an article about illness in theatre audiences. Updated 16/12

This week David Tennant and the cast play performances 48 - 55 of Richard II at The Barbican Centre. This includes a matinee on Sunday. Updated 16/12

This week David Tennant and the cast play performances 48 - 55 of Richard II at The Barbican Centre. This includes a matinee on Sunday. Updated 16/12

The Telegraph lists David Tennant as one of the actors who does both stage and TV 'immaculately.' Updated 13/12

Metro gives Richard II 4 stars in its review and mentions there are 'many splendid things about the RSC’s production.' Updated 13/12

The RSC website has some photos from last night's post show party at The Barbican for the London Press Night of Richard II.
Direct links to photos of David are here and here. Updated 13/12

OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk's review of Richard II includes 'Then there is Tennant. While Richard’s power diminishes, the actor only grows stronger, evoking the play’s poetry through both the fluidity of his movements and the compelling nature of his speeches in which he takes every rhyming couplet and places it centre stage with effortless delivery.' Updated 13/12

Evening Standard's 4 star review of Richard II starts with 'David's mercurial central turn in this knotty play offers a timely reminder of that, as does his accomplished delivery of some of the most exquisite poetry in all of Shakespeare. "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me" is, for my money, the most haunting line in the histories and Tennant doesn't waste a syllable.' Updated 13/12

The Richard II review by Sardines Magazine concludes with 'Tennant struts, cries, sneers throws himself on the ground, derides, comforts and looks magnificent when lowered enthroned on a traverse gantry. It is a remarkable performance which will undoubtedly go down in the annals of theatre history.' Updated 13/12

The Londonist review of Richard II says 'It is, quite simply, brilliant. ' Updated 13/12

A 3 star review of Richard II from What's On Stage concludes with 'his is a beautifully clear rendition of Shakespeare's most poetic play: the verse is superbly handled with some judicially sprinkled comic touches, but while there are some superb central performances, it never quite gets to the heart of the central question of what it means to be a king.' Updated 13/12

The Arts Desk review of Richard II has the sub-title 'David Tennant reasserts his Shakesperean credentials with a fine Richard II. But this is more than a one-man show.' Updated 13/12

Page 11 of Evening Standard yesterday had an advert for Richard II at The Barbican. Updated 13/12

The Upcoming has a 5 star review of Richard II which includes 'David Tennant shines.' Updated 13/12

Stratford Observer has an article about the Richard II Music and Speeches CD. Updated 13/12

The Telegraph lists Broadchurch at the top of its Ten Best TV Shows of 2013, plus the page has a poll to vote.
That page also has a Richard II advert on it about the £10 stalls seats at The Barbican. Updated 13/12

Several cast members tweeted about the Press Night at The Barbican last night:
Miranda Nolan - 'An electric press night tonight of #RSCRichardII @BarbicanCentre well done to everyone involved.'
Sam Marks - 'Just got in from press night of #RichardII @TheRSC. So proud to be in it and of everyone involved. We smashed it.'
Nigel Lindsay - 'Press Night & I've just been hit in the balls by a severed head. Not many people have said that sentence in their lives.' Updated 13/12

The Mirror's review of Richard II includes ''Tennant's performance is magnificent.' Updated 13/12

Richard II Backstage Tours of The Barbican start today. Updated 13/12

Tony Woodcocks, President of New England Conservatory of Music, 20 Top Picks for 2013 include mentions of David in The Day Of The Doctor and Richard II in The Huffington Post. Updated 12/12

The RSC have sent an email to say there is a misprint on their Richard II tickets with regard to Stalls Left or Stalls Right so advise people to check with Barbican Centre staff upon arrival at the theatre. Updated 12/12

Tonight David Tennant plays the Press Night (and 44th performance) of Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London at 7pm. Updated 12/12

At the Director's Talk for Richard II today Greg Doran said that David Tennant had exclaimed to him about how much easier it is to play at The Barbican Centre compared to in Stratford as all the audience are just on one side and not three!
Greg also said that each afternoon various members of the cast have been rehearsing in the theatre to tweak the play slightly to adapt to the proscenium arch ready for Press Night tomorrow. Updated 11/12

Richard II is currently winning the What's On Stage Award for Best Regional Production with 30% of the vote.
This is the link to vote. Updated 11/12

Sydney Morning Herald gives the filmed version of Richard II 3.5 stars and describes it as a 'rich and vivid transcription.' Updated 11/12

Today Greg Doran does the Directors Talk at 5.15pm for Richard II at The Barbican in London. Updated 11/12

On The Barbican Centre website Sarah Hemming speaks to Gregory Doran about Richard II and The RSC's upcoming 3 year partnership. Updated 10/12

The differences between staging Richard II at The Barbican compared to in Stratford-upon-Avon. Updated 10/12

Tonight Elliot Barnes-Worrel (the Groom) tweeted 'Just finished night one @BarbicanCentre #RSCRichardII New audience new vibes. Good show.' Updated 9/12

There will be a new soprano tonight in Richard II as Alex Saunders replaces Anna Bolton. Updated 9/12

Stratford Observer reports that David Tennant's crown in Richard II will be kept in The RSC Collection and not available for hire after the run. Updated 9/12

Richard II is listed as one of What's On Stage Theatre Openings this week. Updated 9/12

The RSC website has a blog item about teacher and student reactions to the Richard II schools broadcast and Q&A. Updated 9/12

David Tennant opens in Richard II for The RSC at The Barbican in London tonight.
This is the 41st performance and starts at 7.15pm.
They play three preview performances before the Press Night on Thursday. Updated 9/12

Most of the railway stations in London now have posters for Richard II at The Barbican. Apparently there are even posters as far away as Portsmouth railway station (on the south coast)! Posters have been on the tube for several weeks now. Updated 8/12

Another detailed review of Richard II (which contains SPOLIERS if you haven't seen the production) has been posted to Shakespeareances.com. Updated 7/12

Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon has been nominated for the Best Regional Production Award at the What's On Stage Awards.
The other nominations are:
Macbeth - at the Manchester International Festival
My Fair Lady - at Sheffield Crucible
The Prodigals - at the Belgrade, Coventry
To Sir, With Love - at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton and on tour
Voting is now open at this link.
Voting closes on Friday 31st January and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 23rd February. Updated 6/12

A very detailed account of The RSC Richard II (which contains SPOILERS) has been posted to Wordpress. Updated 6/12

Today is the second day of Richard II tech rehearsals at The Barbican in London. Updated 6/12

Today Richard II tech rehearsals start at The Barbican in London. Updated 5/12

The Telegraph asks if this is a Golden Age For Shakespeare (including David Tennant in Richard II)? Updated 4/12

Today Jake Mann confirmed that tech rehearsals for Richard II start tomorrow in The Barbican. Updated 4/12

Richard II has become the third alternative content to take more than £1 million at the UK box office. The other two are Behind The Audience and The Day Of The Doctor (also starring David!). Updated 4/12

Richard II is Time Out's Show Of The Week. A photo of the article has been posted to Twitter. Updated 3/12

BroadwayWorldUK has an interview with Jane Lapotaire about Richard II. Updated 3/12

Richard II Backstage Tours of The Barbican start on Friday 13th December. Updated 2/12

Before each performance and during the interval of Richard II at the The Barbican there will be a Costume Craft exhibition for people watching the play.
The exhibition will show how a costume is made and maintained by the RSC’s Costume Department, from first fitting to final performance and is drawn from the RSC’s In Stitches exhibition in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Entrance is via Theatre Upper Circle Left doors, next to Advance Box Office. Updated 2/12

The new David Tennant photo from Richard II in the new exhibition of Simon Annand's The Half has been posted to Twitter. Updated 1/12

BBC website has an article about Simon Annand's The Half exhibition. (However the photo of David Tennant is from The Rivals not the new Richard II picture.) Updated 1/12


November 2013
Today The RSC's new exhibition of Simon Annand's The Half (with new photographs of the actors as they prepare for Richard II) opens. Updated 30/11

The RSC have announced that several of the Richard II cast (not David) will appear in Henry IV Part I and II next year. Updated 27/11

MP3s of Jo Whiley's interview with David Tennant on BBC Radio Two.
David Tennant revealed that he guessed Peter Capaldi would be the next Doctor!
David also said that he does not know yet if he will be in Broadchurch Series Two.
David also talks about Richard II, The Day Of The Doctor, Gracepoint and Nativity 2. Updated 25/11

John Wyver from Illuminations has posted his first thoughts on the visual language of The RSC Richard II clip. Updated 23/11

The final Richard II production diary (taking a look at the broadcast to schools last week) has been posted to YouTube.
A screenshot of David from the clip has been posted to Twitter. Updated 22/11

The RSC has a chance to own drawings and fabric from Richard II costumes. Updated 22/11

Entertainment Weekly has posted a 5 minute video of Act IV Scene 1 of Richard II. Updated 20/11

ITV Central have posted their piece about Richard II being shown in over 460 schools which includes a clip of the play.
A screencap of David from the clip has been posted to Twitter. Updated 19/11

A podcast by Clapham Picture House (it starts at 1 minute) says that Richard II was their fourth highest film for the week. Updated 19/11

Cotswold News has a comparison between the stage and filmed versions of Richard II (which contains SPOILERS). Updated 18/11

Last night Nigel Lindsay tweeted 'Bye bye Stratford. It's been an education and a treat' and Emma Hamilton tweeted 'Thank you for an incredible send-off; over 1000 theatregoers on their feet! Overwhelmed. Onwards to @BarbicanCentre!' Updated 17/11

David Tennant and the cast received a standing ovation from the whole theatre after the final Stratford-upon-Avon performance of Richard II tonight.
Once the performance David Tennant again gave an appeal for donations to aid for the Philippines.
During the applause someone threw flowers onto the stage which David Tennant presented to Jane Lapotaire to great applause.
It is now 23 days until Richard II opens at The Barbican in London. Updated 16/11

After the matinee performance of Richard II today David Tennant gave a quick speech about collecting for aid for the Philippines with cast members standing at the doors with buckets. Updated 16/11

According to RSC staff today the DVD of Richard II will be released in February. Updated 16/11

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

Tonight David Tennant plays the 40th performance of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon at 7.30pm. This is their final performance at this theatre. Updated 16/11

Link to audio of Greg Doran's Directors Talk about Richard II from a few weeks ago. Updated 15/11

The RSC have posted two photos of David Tennant and Greg Doran from the schools Richard II Q&A here and here. Updated 15/11

The Guardian comments on streaming live theatre. Updated 15/11

This morning 34,000 students in hundreds of schools around the country will watch the Richard II broadcast (filmed on Wednesday) followed by a live Q&A with David Tennant and Greg Doran. Updated 15/11

Illuminations have added a new blog post about last night's live screening of Richard II. Updated 14/11

After the matinee today of Richard II David Tennant gave an appeal for the people in the Phillippines so some cast members held buckets for donations as people left the theatre.
The same happened after the evening performance. Updated 14/11

Variety reports that the live broadcast in cinemas of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II was seen by more than 60,000 people on Wednesday night in 364 cinemas across the UK and generated more than £1 million in box office receipts, including the more than 20,000 people who booked tickets for upcoming screenings. Updated 14/11

The RSC have added a link to a survey for those who watched a screening of Richard II last night. Updated 14/11

After the live performance tonight Richard II actor Sam Marks tweeted 'The live broadcast of #RichardII @TheRSC tonight was fantastic and very exciting! Thanks for all your well-wishing tweets!' and Jake Sann tweeted 'LIVE screening done! A great success & achievement, well done to all involved and thank you to all who watched and supported!' Updated 13/11

#RSCRichardII was trending in the UK tonight. Updated 13/11

The RSC have posted more backstage calls to Soundcloud including Richard II half hour call, Part 1 beginners' call and David Tennant call for Deposition scene. Updated 13/11

The RSC has added Production Diary Video #12 to YouTube. This one is about the cinema broadcast. Updated 13/11

David Tennant's stage call to the wig room this afternoon has been posted to SoundCloud. (Please note that David has hair extensions, not a wig.) Updated 13/11

The RSC have posted some behind the scenes photos. Updated 13/11

The latest update from Illuminations about the problems they had at the Richard II camera rehearsal yesterday said that one cast member almost missed the performance! Updated 13/11

Tonight David Tennant plays the 35th performance of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon at 7pm. This performance will be shown in cinemas worldwide. Updated 13/11

As mentioned in the cast Q&A last week, there will be a rehearsed reading by some of the Richard II cast at The Barbican Centre of Thomas Of Woodcock at 2pm on Friday 20th December. Updated 12/11

A RSC press release says that at least 34,000 UK students will see the broadcast of Richard II on Friday followed by the David Tennant / Greg Doran Q&A.
It also says that 60,000 people will watch it tomorrow evening in cinemas in Britain. Updated 12/11

Radio Three's Suzy Klein will be the host for Richard II in cinemas tomorrow. Updated 12/11

Today there is a second filmed camera tech performance at 1.30pm of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon in preparation for the live filming tomorrow. Updated 12/11

Canada.com has an interview with Nigel Lindsay about Richard II, Shrek and Doctor Who appearing on the same stage and about working with David Tennant. Updated 11/11

Channel Four have added a video of their interview with David Tennant.
Screencaps from the interview have been added to Twitter here, here and here. Updated 11/11

Channel Four News article with extracts from their David Tennant interview to be broadcast tonight.
The page has a video clip where David talks about Doctor Who. Updated 11/11

Channel Four News has posted an 18 second clip from their interview with David Tennant to YouTube.
A screencap from the clip has been posted to Twitter. Updated 11/11

David Tennant's interview on Channel Four News (which he filmed last Wednesday) will be broadcast tonight sometime between 7pm and 7.55pm.

Illuminations has set up a new page to chronicle the events leading up to Wednesday's live broadcast of Richard II. Updated 11/11

Austria and New Zealand have been added so now Richard II will be shown in cinemas in 11 countries according to The RSC Onscreen website. Updated 11/11

This week David Tennant and the cast play performances 34 to 40 of Richard II in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The performance on Wednesday is filmed.
Unusually for a Monday, there is no performance today. Updated 11/11

The RSC has announced that a new exhibition of Simon Annand's The Half (with new photographs of the actors as they prepare for Richard II) will start from 30th November. Updated 8/11

A screencap from the RSC Production Diary video has been posted to Twitter. Updated 8/11

The RSC have posted their Production Diary video #11 to YouTube.
In this video David Tennant talks about his excitement in the lead-up to his first ever live theatre performance to audiences in cinemas across the world.Updated 8/11


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

The Independemt has an item about the stream of Richard II which is free to schools across the country next Friday. Updated 7/11

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

The Guardian has a photo of David Tennant on the front page today about his online chat. Updated 7/11

The Spectator has an article titled 'I'm in love with Shakespeare — and with David Tennant's Richard II.' Updated 7/11

There is an educational pre-performance and post-show talk before matinee of Richard II today (not involving David Tennant). Updated 7/11

The Guardian Stage online chat lasted about forty minutes and then David Tennant had to dash off for a Channel Four interview.
A recap of The Guardian Stage online chat. Updated 6/11

The main thing that David Tennant said at the online chat at The Guardian Stage website was that he confirmed that his legal name (not just his stage name) is Tennant (and has been for a few years). Updated 6/11

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The RSC has suggested that anyone in the US who wishes to see Richard II in their city can create their own screening request at their local cinema by using Tugg. Updated 6/11

David Tennant will do a live webchat on The Guardian Stage website at 2pm tomorrrow. That link has the options to post questions for him to answer. Updated 5/11

Article about the Cast Talk about Richard II yesterday evening. Updated 5/11

Today is the deadline for schools to register for the broadcast of Richard II filmed performance and Q&A with Gregory Doran and David Tennant on 15th November. Updated 5/11

Nigel Lindsay tweeted 'I ended Richard II last night with the immortal line: "Though I did wish him bed" instead of "dead". Cuddlier Bolingbroke, methinks!
Also last night one of David Tennant's chains fell off in the dungeon scene! The Escape Artist indeed! Updated 5/11

A photo of David Tennant with two Virgin Media ticket winners after last night's performance of Richard II has been posted to Twitter. Updated 5/11

An iPad edition of the Richard II programme is now available on iTunes. Updated 4/11

A photo from the first Richard II camera rehearsal today at 1.30pm in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre was posted to Twitter. Updated 4/11

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

Today Illuminations told us that today's filmed camera rehearsal will be wiped later and that there will be another one on 12th November before the live broadcast on 13th. Updated 4/11

Tonight David Tennant plays the 26th performance of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon at 7.30pm. This is followed by a Cast Talk. (It is not known if David will attend). Updated 4/11

This afternoon at 1.30pm there will be a full performance of Richard II which will be filmed to rehearse for the live broadcast on 13th November. Updated 4/11

In Illuminations update at 8.20pm it mentions that there will be interval interviews during the live broadcast on 13th November. Updated 3/11

Today and tomorrow Illuminations will be updating their blog about the filmed rehearsal of Richard II. Today's updates (about setting up the theatre) are at this link. Updated 3/11

Today Nigel Lindsay tweeted that, after David Tennant had talked yesterday on the Today programme about receiving a ring on Press Night from the widow of Ian Richardson which he wore as RSC Richard II 40 years ago, that last night Richardson's ring clattered 20 foot from David's finger to the stage from the bridge in Act 1. Nigel added 'Ian Richardson is buried in the stalls. Hmmm...' He added that David said it was an accident and that Oliver Rix safely retrieved it. Updated 2/11

Today at 10.30am some of the creative and cast will be at the Unwrapped session for Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon. (David Tennant is unlikely to be involved.) It is for people aged 12 upwards and costs £5. There are currently tickets still available. Updated 2/11

The RSC have posted another production diary to YouTube. This one is about designer Stephen Brimson Lewis and the set of Richard II. Updated 1/11


This morning on the BBC Radio Four programme Today there was an interview with David Tennant about him wearing Ian Richardson's ring in Richard II.
Click here for a MP3 of the item and photos. Updated 1/11

John Wyver of Illuminations reports that on Monday there is the first camera rehearsal for RichardII in his latest blog update. Updated 1/11

The US publication Wall Street Journal has a review of Richard II in which they write 'Tennant's subtle, convincing performance.' Updated 1/11


October 2013
The Good Review has a good review of Richard II and calls it 'a right good evening’s entertainment.' Updated 31/10

The RSC hosted students from a Small Heath school last Thursday. They watched a performance of Richard II and afterwards David Tennant met them. Updated 31/10

Solihull News review of Richard II describes it as 'a spectacle not to be missed.' Updated 31/10

Gloucestershire Echo review of Richard II uses the phrase 'Remarkable achievement by one of Britain’s most watchable actors.' Updated 31/10

However University of Nottingham has a much more positive review of Richard II. Updated 31/10

The Spectator obviously didn't enjoy Richard II. Updated 31/10

David Warner watched Richard II last night. He played Richard in Stratford 48 years ago Nigel Lindsay tweeted. Updated 31/10

The first two teachers' packs about Richard II are now available to download from the Live From Stratford website. Updated 30/10

The Telegraph asks 'Should live theatre be shown in cinemas?' (It includes Richard II.) Updated 30/10

BlogtorWho has posted David Tennant's interview on BBC Breakfast today. David was asked briefly about Richard II (mainly about his hair.) Updated 29/10

At 1.30pm today there is the public understudy performance of Richard II. It is not known whether David will take part.
David didn't perform in the understudy run but someone posted that he did watch from the audience. Updated 29/10

This week David Tennant and the RSC cast play performances 19 - 25 of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon (plus some of them play an understudy performance tomorrow). Updated 28/10

Richard II is The Independent's Play Of The Week. Updated 25/10

Six production postcards from Richard II are now available to buy online and from the RSC Shop. Updated 25/10

One item announced at The RSC AGM today was that a third of the secondary schools in the UK will be part of the Richard II screening on 15th November! Updated 25/10

The RSC has posted a new Richard II video diary about behind the scenes and backstage before a preview show to YouTube. Updated 25/10


David Tennant gave a speech after the matinee of Richard II today about The RSC collecting for the theatre charity Acting For Others. He joked that notes are lighter than coins!
David Tennant then stood at one of the doors holding a collecting bucket while a massive queue built up!
However today's matinee was interrupted near the start as a member of the audience was ill and an ambulance was called. Updated 24/10

The RSC has posted the latest blog post from Elliot Barnes-Worrell about Richard II. Updated 23/10

The Telegraph lists Richard II as one of the best plays to currently see in the UK. Updated 23/10

An email from The Barbican Centre says their Richard II tickets will be sent from the week commencing Monday 11th November starring with the earliest performances. Updated 23/10

Illuminations have posted a short update about Richard II filming. Updated 22/10

This week David Tennant plays the 11th to 18th performances of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon with evening performances on Monday to Saturday plus matinees on Thursday and Saturday. Updated 21/10

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

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

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

Richard II will be reviewed on BBC Radio Four on Saturday Review tonight at 7.15pm.

The RSC have posted some photos of the Richard II opening night party including two of David Tennant with Anthony Sher. Updated 18/10

Answers to questions from fans about the Richard II costumes have been posted to the RSC website. Updated 18/10

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

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

The RSC has posted the eighth production video diary for Richard II, this time about the music in the show, to YouTube. 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

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

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

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 Doran’s clear, detailed and dynamic production.' Updated 18/10

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

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

iTunes link to download the Richard II music and speeches tracks. Updated 18/10

The Telegraph in Australia chooses Doctor Who Explained as one of its Top TV Picks for the weekend. Updated 18/10

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

Illuminations has a list of ten things he really likes about 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

400 production photos of Richard II have now been posted online. The photos were taken by Elliott Franks and Geriant Lewis. Updated 18/10

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

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

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

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

Richard II Music and Speeches CD is released today including speeches by David Tennant. Updated 18/10

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

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

Night Waves on BBC Radio Three will be reviewing Richard II tonight at 10pm. Updated 17/10

The RSC have posted 14 production photos of Richard II by Kwame Lestrade. Updated 17/10

What's On Stage have posted some production photos from Richard II. Updated 17/10

SinFiniMusic has an interview with Paul Englishby, composer of Richard II's music. Updated 17/10

Daily Mail has the first press photo of David Tennant in Richard II costume (with a quote from us!). These (and all) photos could be considered minor SPOILERS. Updated 17/10

Report of Greg Doran talk about Richard II with David Tennant on 16th October. Updated 17/10

Tonight David Tennant plays the Press Night (and seventh performance) of Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon. It starts at the earlier time of 7pm. Updated 17/10

Tonight at the Richard II Director's Talk Greg Doran announced that the filmed performance on 13th November will later be released on DVD. Updated 16/10

Greg Doran does a Director's Talk about Richard II in Stratford-Upon-Avon at 5.15pm tonight. Updated 16/10

Tonight RSC Press tweeted that the photographers had now left after Richard II press photocall in advance of the Press Night on Thursday. Updated 15/10

Page 35 of Evening Standard tonight has a photo of David Tennant from Richard II in regards to Libby Purves new theatre website. Updated 15/10

The Guardian has a competition to win tickets to see David Tennant in Richard II. Updated 15/10

Today some of the cast went to Shakespeare's House and tweeted photos of things such as a 1378 note promising 10 shillings towards Bolingbroke's knighthood! Updated 15/10

Last night Gracy Goldman tweeted 'We begin our second week next week of previews in the run up to opening night. Thursday October 17 of Richard ll. It's been a thrilling experience, playing to packed houses, standing ovations and mesmerising drama with David Tennant at the helm!' Updated 14/10

Sam Marks tweeted today 'Only note after 1st preview...'be less camp.' Brilliant.' Updated 12/10

Birmingham Labour MP Richard Burden teeted about David Tennant in Richard II tonight 'Excellent performance by David Tennant in #RichardII this evening at @theRSC - even if the King's hair did take some getting used to!' Updated 11/10

There were 2 possible mishaps averted in Richard II tonight - David Tennant played one scene with both shoelaces undone and then he sloshed some of his drink on the stage as he was walking around (one of the servants wiped it up)! Updated 11/10

There were only minor changes in the second preview of Richard II tonight from last night. For example part of the gangway at the front was missing in the Richard / Aumerle scene. Updated 11/10

Coventry Telegraph has an interview with Jane Lapotaire about Richard II. Updated 11/10

The RSC have posted a new production diary video which shows the technical process of staging Richard II to YouTube. Updated 11/10


This morning Nigel Lindsay (who plays Bolingbroke) tweeted 'Great 1st preview on RII. Tennant flying. Thanks for your lovely tweets. Hard to move this am. Do I have to do it again?' Updated 11/10

John Wyver has made a post about the dress rehearsal and first preview yesterday to the Illuminations blog. Updated 11/10

Tonight Youssef Kerkour tweeted '1st preview done! What a reception. David Tennant was absolutely stunning tonight as was the rest of the gang. Humbled.' Updated 10/10

There were two mishaps in Richard II tonight - a stick flew off the stage into the front row and David tripped on his costume as he got up at one point (but saved himself!) Updated 10/10

During the interval and afterwards there were lots of tweets from fans about the first preview performance of Richard II tonight. The tweets included:
'Richard II good so far. Great set. Nigel Lindsay superb as is Oliver For Davies. David Tennant conveying Richard's weak character well.'
SPOILER 'David's white robes, grand formal long gowns and undressing to nightclothes all work well in contrast to casual shirts and trousers at the stage door.'
'David Tennant's Richard II is vain, regal, childlike, capricious, cruel, compassionate, vulnerable,deeply human and a bit mad. Olivier next year?'
'An amazing set when you first walk into the theatre!' Updated 10/10

Photos from the Richard II programme and poster have been posted on Tumblr. Updated 10/10

The cancer charity AICR, which David Tennant supports, has 2 pairs of tickets to give away to see Richard II via a raffle. Link to buy raffle tickets and link for terms and conditions. Updated 10/10

In respect of theatre etiquette we will not post links to any Richard II reviews until after Press Night on Thursday 17th October. Also any production SPOILERS we post will be clearly marked as such. Updated 10/10

David Tennant in Richard II for The RSC opens in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They play six previews before Press Night next Thursday (17th).
Today a dress rehearsal is scheduled before the first preview performance at 7.30pm. Updated 10/10

Tonight Nigel Lindsay tweeted 'Today I have been mostly harnessed to a throne wearing two dresses. All in a day's work for a busy king. Opening tomorrow folks #RichardII' Updated 9/10

There are currently good stall seats available for the Richard II Press Night on 17th October on The RSC website. Updated 9/10

The RSC have asked if fans could tweet any questions about the Richard II costumes to them and they will be answered on their website next week. They have asked that people use the hashtag #RSCRichardII. Updated 9/10

With just one day until David Tennant plays his first performance of Richard II, today we ended our 260 day countdown! Updated 9/10

Broadway World has an article about the Music and Speeches CD from Richard II. Updated 8/10

At 10.30pm Sam Marks tweeted 'Day1 tech finished, walking out all in costume was crazy, like stepping back in time.'
A few minutes later Youssef Kerkour tweeted 'First day of tech done for Richard II. Oh my Gaude does it look fantastic in the space. RSC stage crew working miracles again!' Updated 7/10

The latest update from John Wyver about Richard II (including a new photo of David Tennant's back!) has been posted to the Illuminations blog. Updated 7/10

Nigel Lindsay tweeted a photo of David Tennant at the tomb of Richard II in Westminster Abbey from a couple of weeks ago. Updated 7/10

David Tennant at the tomb of Richard II in Westminster Abbey

Currently there are tickets available for several Richard II performances on the Barbican Centre website. Updated 7/10

New York Daily News mentions David Tennant in both the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary simulcast and Richard II Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon. (Scroll down that page to read it.) Updated 7/10

David Tennant and the cast of Richard II start tech rehearsals in Stratford-upon-Avon today. Updated 7/10

The BBC Radio 3 programme Private Passions with Greg Doran is now available to download. Richard II is only mentioned in passing. Updated 6/10

Scans of The Independent interview with David Tennant and Gregory Doran have been added to Tumblr. Updated 6/10

Richard II director Greg Doran is the guest on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions at midday today. Updated 6/10

The Independent interview with David Tennant and Gregorary Doran about Richard II in tomorrow's paper has been posted online (early!) Updated 5/10

David Tennant and Gregorary Doran

The RSC Onscreen website now lists cinemas in 9 countries to screen David Tennant in Richard II.
More will be added later but currently the list is UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Sweden and Germany. Updated 5/10

Current radio adverts for Touch 102FM (in the Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloustershire areas) mention David Tennant as one of the highlights for 'Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon!' Updated 5/10

This evening at about 6.15pm Sam Marks tweeted '6 weeks of rehearsals for #richardii done. Can't wait to open next Thursday in Stratford. It's gonna be a cracker!'
Soon afterwards Youssef Kerkour tweeted 'Final run through a huge success! Now Stratford bound and the madness begins.' Updated 4/10

There will be a Gregory Doran and David Tennant interview in this Sunday's Independent about Richard II. Updated 4/10

This week's Richard II production diary (behind the scenes in the costume department) has been posted to YouTube. Updated 4/10


The Royal Shakespeare Company have the Richard II Music and Speeches CD available to pre-order in The RSC Online Shop. It will be released on Friday 18th October and includes speeches by David Tennant and others. Updated 4/10

Today John Wyver of Illuminations (and others) will see a run-through of Richard II. Updated 4/10

The RSC Tech Director has tweeted two photos of getting the theatre ready for Richard II next week here and here. Updated 2/10

The Royal Shakespeare Company website has a new blog post by Elliot Barnes-Worrel about Richard II rehearsals in which he says some lovely things about David Tennant. Updated 2/10

MP3 of the David Tennant and Greg Doran interview on Front Row on BBC Radio Four about Richard II. Updated 1/10

In the 10 minute Front Row interview on BBC Radio Four:
David Tennant said that he will not use his Scottish accent in Richard II.
David Tennant refused to say whether he is in Broadchurch Series Two or not (or even if he is keeping that time free) but that he hopes he will be.
David Tennant was very supportive of Doctor Who fans in the interview and remarked on how intelligent they are! Updated 1/10

The Front Row Twitter account has added a photo of David Tennant and Greg Doran with Mark Lawson from their interview. Updated 1/10

Richard II director Greg Doran will be a guest on BBC Radio 3?s Private Passions this coming Sunday at midday. Updated 1/10

The latest update from John Wyver of Illuminations about Richard II has been added in which he writes about the Front Row interview tonight and says that they move to Stratford-upon-Avon next week for the final rehearsals before First Night on Thursday. Updated 1/10

David Tennant and Greg Doran will be interviewed on Front Row tonight on BBC Radio Four about Richard II at 7.15pm. Updated 1/10


Richard II November 2012 to August 2013.

Click here for the full list of performances and associated events in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and London and click here for the performances in calendar format.

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