A 10-play history cycle, which began with the newly attributed edward iii, the anonymous thomas of woodstock, and then the eight plays from richard ii to richard iii, was performed by pacific repertory theatre under the title, royal blood, a phrase used throughout the works. Shakespeare's primary source for richard ii, as for most of his chronicle histories, was raphael holinshed's chronicles the publication of the second edition in 1587 provides a terminus post quem for the play. Pennsylvania shakespeare festival announces the principal actors cast in its productions of shakespeare in love and king richard ii, which will play in repertory july 11 through august 5 on the main stage at the labuda center for the performing arts on the campus of desales university.
For example, we think of richard iii as an evil man, a kind of psychopath with a deformed body and a grudge against humanity historians can do whatever they like to set the record straight but shakespeare’s richard seems stuck in our culture as the real richard iii. Richard ii is an extraordinarily rich and subtle play which i'm sure i've only scratched the surface of and now i'm excited to dive in and work my way through all of shakespeare's historical plays, especially now that i know where to find some excellent filmed editions to form my introduction. The life and death of richard the second shakespeare homepage | richard ii | entire play act i scene i london king richard ii's palace enter king richard ii, john of gaunt, with other nobles and attendants king richard ii old john of gaunt, time-honour'd lancaster, the earthly author of my blood, whose youthful spirit, in me regenerate.
Some of the events of these wars were dramatised by shakespeare in the history plays richard ii, henry iv, part 1, henry iv, part 2, henry v, henry vi, part 1, henry vi, part 2, henry vi, part 3, and richard iii in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries there have been numerous stage performances, including.
Richard ii, written around 1595, is the first play in shakespeare's second history tetralogy, a series of four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of lancaster to the british throne. After a short hiatus, he returned to history between 1595 and 1599, producing the ‘second tetralogy’ – richard ii, 1 henry iv, 2 henry iv and henry v confusingly, the historical events of these four plays precede those of the first tetralogy, but there are some connecting historical themes. The second series, written at the height of shakespeare's powers (around 1595-1599), moves back in time to examine the rise of the lancastrians, covering english history from about 1398 to 1420 this series consists of richard ii,henry iv, parts 1 & 2, and henry v.
Shakespeare wrote in whole or part ten english history plays (eleven if we count edward iii), mostly concentrated in two short creative bursts at the beginning of his career between 1590 and 1592 he wrote the plays commonly now grouped together as the ‘first tetralogy’, comprising the three parts of henry vi and richard iii.