Richard II at Sweet Tea Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Lyrical Masterpiece About a Fallen King

Richard II

Part of the Henriad tetralogy, Richard II tells the story of a king's fall from grace and the ascent of his ambitious challenger, Henry Bolingbroke.

A frivolous king. A reluctant prince. A country on the verge of collapse. The first two plays in Shakespeare’s history cycle chronicle civil wars and the rise and fall of kings. After a faction of ambitious noblemen overthrow the young King Richard II, England is plunged into chaos and uncertainty. When the dust settles, there may be a new ruler…but at what cost?

Richard II is a tragic figure who is undone by his own arrogance and lack of understanding. He is overthrown by Henry Bolingbroke, who later becomes Henry IV, and spends the rest of his life in exile. Richard’s fall from power provides a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of English politics.

Richard II is a masterful exploration of the human condition, and is one of Shakespeare’s most poetic and lyrical plays. It is a must-see for any fans of Shakespeare’s work.


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If you're seeing both shows in our Henriad repertory, we recommend seeing Richard II first as its events precede those of Henry IV.

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Richard II

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Our production of Richard II runs in Raleigh in January 2022

The production will be available via ticketed streaming in late January 2022. Our streaming production is available year-round for all Sweet Tea Shakespeare members at no additional charge.

We typically perform in Leggett Theatre, on the second floor of the Main Academic Building at the heart of campus in downtown Raleigh.

Reach us any time at or (910) 420-4383