One Night Only Screening featuring David Tennant
on December 2 at 7pm
Folger Shakespeare Library will present a special preview screening of RSC Live’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard II, the first-ever cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC, captured from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Featuring Dr. Who star David Tennant, this acclaimed production will be shown for only one night on the Folger stage on December 2 at 7pm. Tickets to see the American premiere of this film are $20. The broadcast is a preface to Folger Theatre’s production of Richard III, which begins performances on January 28, 2014.
In the film, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran presents a vision of the monarch as a man ordained by God to lead his people, but also a king of very human weakness. Tennant’s Richard is a man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. Called “mesmerizing” by The Guardian, Tennant imbues his Richard with both chilling power and haunting frailties, in a live recording already that has already proved a smash in the UK. The film co-stars Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt, Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke and Jane Lapotaire as the Duchess of Gloucester.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major performing arts institution, based in Stratford-upon-Avon. An internationally-celebrated theatre company which regularly hosts 20 productions per season, the RSC travels throughout the UK and internationally to bring its vision of theatrical excellence across the globe. In addition to classical works by Shakespeare and his peers, the RSC frequently produces new and modern work that brings together theatre-lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Folger Shakespeare Library is a renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts – and home to the Folger Theatre. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500-1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theater, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library—located one block east of the U.S. Capitol — opened in 1932 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.