Richard II

directed by JOSEPH HAJ

A king becomes a man

King Richard II presides over a complaint lodged by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke about the murder of their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. Serving justice — and his own political agenda — Richard banishes Bolingbroke and takes advantage of his exile to seize his family’s estate and fund military activities in Ireland. When Bolingbroke returns early to reclaim his rightful inheritance, he quickly gains a following of sympathizers unhappy with Richard’s rule, including the powerful Percy family. With his grip on the realm slipping and the country’s stability at risk, Richard is forced to choose between confronting the rebellion and giving up the crown — the only identity he has ever known.

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Venue info 

This production will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

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Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 35 minutes (including intermission)

Content advisory

This production contains haze and depictions of physical violence. For more information, please contact the Box Office at 612.377.2224.

Age recommendation

We recommend this production for ages 12 and up.


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Post-play discussions

Join us after select performances for a 20-minute conversation facilitated by Guthrie staff. Cast members may join the discussion as they are able.

Post-play discussions are supported by Fredrikson & Byron

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See all three of Shakespeare’s History Plays (Richard IIHenry IV and Henry V) on separate days and be part of history at the Guthrie. Build your own three-play package for the most affordable way to experience this epic theatrical event.

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Digital program and play guide

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Stephanie Anne Bertumen

Sir John Bushy/Gardener's Servant

Jasmine Bracey

Duchess of York

Dustin Bronson

Lord Marshal/Sir Stephen Scroop/Sir Pierce of Exton

John Catron

Harry Percy

Charity Jones

John of Gaunt/Gardener/Groom

Jimmy Kieffer

Sir John Bagot

Kurt Kwan

Lord Ross

David Andrew Macdonald

Duke of York

Erin Mackey

Lord Willoughby

Tracey Maloney

Duke of Aumerle

Melissa Maxwell

Duchess of Gloucester/Bishop of Carlisle

Bill McCallum

Owen Glendower/Abbot of Westminster

Tyler Michaels King

King Richard II

Daniel José Molina

Sir Henry Green

Em Rosenberg

Gardener's Servant/Exton's Servant

Sophina Saggau

York's Servant

Eric Sharp

Lord Berkeley/Exton's Servant

Lanise Antoine Shelley


William Sturdivant

Henry Bolingbroke

David Whalen

Thomas Mowbray/Earl of Salisbury/Keeper of the Prison

Stephen Yoakam

Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland

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Joseph Haj


Jan Chambers

Scenic Designer

Trevor Bowen

Costume Designer

Heather Gilbert

Lighting Designer

Mikaal Sulaiman

Sound Designer

Jack Herrick


Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Sara Becker

Vocal Coach

U. Jonathan Toppo

Fight Director

Karl Alphonso

Stage Manager

Tree O'Halloran

Stage Manager

Jason Clusman

Assistant Stage Manager

Olivia Louise Tree Plath

Assistant Stage Manager

Lavina Jadhwani

Associate Director

Annie Enneking


Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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Photo: Daniel José Molina, Stephanie Anne Bertumen, Tyler Michaels King, Lanise Antoine Shelley and Jimmy Kieffer (Dan Norman)

Photo: Tyler Michaels King (Dan Norman)

Photo: The cast of Richard II (Dan Norman)

Photo: Leor Benjamin, Melissa Maxwell, Tyler Michaels King, Tracey Maloney and Kaleb Baker (Dan Norman)

Photo: The cast of Richard II (Dan Norman)

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