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SheCAN: Richard II – Powerful Major UK Stage Production First ever company of Women of Colour in Shakespeare Play

Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton direct the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage, in a post-Empire reflection on what it means to be British in the light of the Windrush anniversary and as we leave the European Union.

As we play our part in defining a nation’s history and we become the shoulders on which future generations will stand, Shakespeare asks us to consider the destiny that we might be shaping for our ‘scepter’d isle’.


Richard II marks the beginning of a cycle of history plays that will provide a unique opportunity to rediscover how Shakespeare perceived ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’. Our year-long exploration of ‘our scepter’d isle’ will take us on a journey through history via Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.


Beset by problems at home and abroad, a capricious king is forced to relinquish his ‘hollow crown’. As his supporters abandon him and his power trickles away, Richard reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity.

The Ensemble to include:

Adjoa Andoh Director / Richard II, Lynette Linton Director, Dona Croll  John of Gaunt / Duchess of York,  Shobna Gulati Duke of York, Ayesha Dharker  Aumerle, Indra Ové  Mowbray / Northumberland, Lourdes Faberes  Bagot / Exton, Leila Farzad Queen, Sarah Lam 
Duchess of Gloucester / Gardener, Sarah Niles Bolingbroke, Nicholle Cherrie  Percy / Green / Ross, Rajha Shakiry Designer, Dominique Le Gendre  Composer, Yarit Dor 
Movement and Fight Director 

When: 22 February – 21 April 2019

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 

Tickets: Fixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £20 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62 BUY HERE

On the Shoulders of Ghosts runs February – April 2019 and includes Edward IIRichard II and After Edward.


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