Richard II - Nanterre-Amandiers
Richard II - Nanterre-Amandiers
Richard II - Nanterre-Amandiers

photo Alain Lagarde

photo Géraldine Aresteanu

photo Géraldine Aresteanu

7 avenue Pablo‑Picasso
Nanterre, FR 92022
Richard II - Nanterre-Amandiers

Richard II




Christophe Rauck

20 September — 15 October 2022
Festival d'Avignon creation, 76th edition
Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers
Durée estimée : 3h avec entracte

History play and long epic poem, Richard II plunges us, from the outset, into a family saga with complex repercussions, and reveals, line after line, the true subject at stake.

Against the background of the cold war between Richard and his cousin Bolingbroke over the throne of England, Shakespeare ponders the exercise of power. In our changing world, this vast subject is just as relevant today as ever. He may be the legitimate king, but Richard keeps poor company and is divorced from his people; Bolingbroke, for his part, seeks to gain legitimacy through the people. From treason to compromise, corruption to renunciation, how far can we push the boundaries of a political ethic in order to strengthen our grip on power and bolster our legitimacy?
This is why we still need Shakespeare today: he forces us to react and reflect, to look beyond appearances and to avoid taking things for granted; he makes us seek out complexity and read between the murky lines of history. Richard’s path is traced by history, by his awareness of his past mistakes and by the pivotal moment that heralds the rapidly approaching end of a historical cycle.
The staging by Christophe Rauck reveals all the subtlety of this tragedy. Everything is going to play out in the Commons, where each crosses swords and makes their case. The tension is palpable, from start to finish. Richard has a premonitory vision. He knows what his downfall will be.
He does not renounce the throne through weakness. He creates a work from his abdication: this is where the greatness and ambiguity of his character lies.

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Meeting with the artistic team
1 October 2022 at 14:00
Samedi en coulisses
1 October 2022 at 18:00
Audiodescription session
8 October 2022 at 21:00
Aftershow #3 by TOMBOY LAB


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