Richard II

Richard II

UPDATE: This production has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public Theater kicks off its 2020 Shakespeare in the Park season with Richard II, directed by Saheem Ali.

Tickets for Richard II are free.

About Richard II:

The last of the divinely anointed monarchs ascends to the throne in Shakespeare’s Richard II. When King Richard banishes his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and deprives him of his inheritance, he unwittingly creates an enemy who will ultimately force him from the throne. One of the Bard’s only dramas entirely in verse, this epic and intimate play presents the end of the Medieval Age and the rise of the house of Lancaster through a riveting tale of lost sovereignty, political intrigue, and psychological complexity.

William Shakespeare
Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park
Saheem Ali

Delacorte Theater

81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Nearest subway station:
81st Street - Museum of Natural History Station

Latest Richard II News & Features

Joél Pérez, Shaina Taub & Darius de Haas
Public Theater announces 2020 Shakespeare in the Park season
January 31, 2020

The Public Theater has now confirmed details for the 2020 Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Kicking off the season will be a rare revival of Shakespeare's Richard II, directed by Saheem Ali, marking the drama's first Shakespeare in the Park presentation in over 30 years. The only other production of the play was staged in 1987, starring Peter MacNicol as the titular character.