Richard Ii

Richard Eyre introduces a new production of Shakespeare's play.



Richard II was the first king to insist on being called 'Majesty' and believed in the divine right of kings. In Shakespeare's lyrical play, Richard's folly and the delusion of autocracy bring about his own downfall. When he banishes Bolingbroke and then confiscates his land and wealth despite warnings, he triggers a chain of events that lead to his overthrow and the accession of Bolingbroke as King Henry IV.

This is the first recording of a Shakespeare play to be broadcast in binaural sound. The production has been recorded using a pioneering 3D microphone set-up: listen with headphones for an enhanced experience which highlights Richard II's subjective world view.


  • Janet Suzman (duchess of gloucester), Joss Ackland (john of gaunt), Damian Lewis (henry bolingbroke), Ronald Pickup (duke of york), Toby Jones (duke of aumerle), James Laurenson (earl of northumberland), Jamie Bamber (henry percy), Philip Voss (bishop of carlisle), Timothy Bateson (gardener), Sophie Okonedo (queen isabella), margot leicester (duchess of york), Stephen Critchlow (thomas mowbray/sir piers of exton), Ioan Meredith (lord marshall/stephen scroop). adapted and directed by Jeremy Mortimer
  • Samuel West (richard ii)