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Richard II

10 Feb – 10 May 2025 Choose Dates & Book

Overview of the production

Richard II is charismatic, eloquent and loved by his friends. And a disastrous King – dishonest, capricious and politically incompetent.

Echoing down the centuries is the perennial problem: how to deal with a ruler who has a rock solid right to rule but is set on wrecking the country he leads.

Shakespeare’s subtle, ambiguous and beautiful play finds feudal England on the cusp of modernity, as a divinely sanctioned monarch is confronted, in the figure of Henry Bolingbroke, by the hard-headed pragmatism of real authority.

Richard II is played by Jonathan Bailey, whose past work includes Bridgerton, Fellow Travellers, Cassio in Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of Othello and Edgar to Ian McKellen’s King Lear.  He has also won an Olivier Award for his role of Jamie in Company and is Fiyero in the upcoming Wicked movie.

Image credits: Photography Jason Bell, Creative Muse Creative Communications

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Performance schedule
Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday: 2.30pm

Access Performances
Audio Described & Touch Tour: Saturday 12 April at 2.30pm
Captioned Performances: Friday 2 May at 7.30pm

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Young Bridge tickets
Young Bridge members can login to gain access to an exclusive allocation of tickets for £19.50 each in Gallery 2 and £29.50 in the Stalls

Schools Rate
Tue, Wed & Thu matinees performances at £25 each, with 1 free teacher for every 10 pupils. Bands A–C, excludes premium tickets.

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Groups of 10+
Band A tickets at £75 reduced to £65, Band B tickets at £59.50 reduced to £49.50. Band C tickets at £45 reduced to £35. Valid Tue, Wed & Thu matinees.

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Jonathan Bailey
Richard II

Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey is a critically acclaimed actor across film, television, and theatre.

THEATRE includes South Downs double bill with The Browning Version at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre; American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre; Cassio in Othello at the National Theatre; The Last Five Years at The Other Palace; Certain Young Men at the National Theatre; The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse and Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre. He won an Olivier award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Jamie in Company.

TELELVISION includes Anthony Bridgerton in the record-breaking Netflix series Bridgerton; the Golden Globe nominated series Fellow Travelers which earned him a Critics Choice Award. Other television credits include Broadchurch for ITV; Chewing Gum for BBC One and Crashing for Channel 4.

FILM includes Fiyero in Universal’s highly anticipated Wicked; and he is currently in production on Jurassic World. Other film credits include The Mercy.

June 2024



Nicholas Hytner


Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer

Bruno Poet

Associate Director

Lily Dyble

Casting Director

Robert Sterne