“Richard II”: The History Plays Begin at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]
How does a state contend with a barbarous ruler who is perceived to be appointed by God? King Richard II, portrayed by three-time OBIE Award winner Rocco Sisto, has designed the murder of his uncle, wasted public funds, and used the influence of his crown to misrule a nation. When Richard banishes Henry Bolingbroke (played by Tom O’Keefe, “The Taster,” 2010), he unwittingly fashions an enemy who is intent on orchestrating the King’s demise.
Richard II begins Shakespeare’s second Tetralogy and Shakespeare & Company’s first-ever History Cycle, which covers the period of Great Britain’s history known as the Wars of the Roses. Richard II is the first in the series of history plays that Shakespeare & Company will produce culminating in the spectacular and bloody conclusion of “Henry V” in time for their 40th Season. Designed to present a cohesive look at these rarely produced works, audiences will receive a rare chance to take a unique, episodic journey that will span five seasons.