This is the conclusion of the New National Theatre Tokyo’s Shakespeare History Plays Series, begun in 2009. Covering the English Civil War, England's wars with France, the obsession with power and other struggles between opposing sides, the series has received high praise for their unreserved portrayals, through various scenes of conflict, of both the folly and loftiness of human endeavours.
The final piece in the series, Richard II is from the earliest period in which Shakespeare's history plays are set and is the prequel to the others. It is a vivid portrayal of Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), who dethroned Richard II and caused much conflict, and is the key drama that reveals the starting point of the series.
Dates: Friday 2 October - Sunday 12 October 2020
Venue: New National Theatre Tokyo, Play house