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RSC's RICHARD II, Starring David Tennant, Comes to US Cinemas, Now thru Jan 2

The Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) production of William Shakespeare's RICHARD II with David Tennant in the title role opened last night to rave reviews. The production will be shown across the US and Canada from today, December 3, 2013 to January 2, 2014 as the premiere broadcast of "Live from Stratford-upon Avon," a program that will screen RSC productions from Shakespeare's home town around the world. For a current list of participating venues go to http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/.

RICHARD II is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran with David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) in the title role; the production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and will be captured live during the November 13 performance. The RSC is also opening up its work behind the scenes through a series of short films available online during the run-up to the screening as well as live footage on the night, before the show, and during the interval. The short films can be seen here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/video-production-diary.aspx.

RICHARD II plays in Stratford-upon-Avon now through November 16, before it transfers to London's Barbican Theatre until January 25, 2014.

The cast includes Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Marty Cruickshank(Duchess of York), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Gracy Goldman (Lady in Waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Nigel Lindsay(Bolingbroke), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (Lady in Waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Michael Pennington(John of Gaunt), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), David Tennant (Richard II), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) andEdmund Wiseman (Harry Percy). The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Martin Slavin. The movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the fight director is Terry King. The production's music is composed by Paul Englishby.

The broadcast of RICHARD II will be the first of four RSC Shakespeare plays to be filmed live during the next year, and is the start of an on-going program to make the Company's work more available to a nationwide and global audience. The next titles will be announced shortly.

For cinema listings and booking visit www.onscreen.rsc.org.uk to sign up for updates and follow the creation of the production online in the run up to the screening.

Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Our work begins its life at our Stratford workshops and theatres and we share it with audiences across the world through our touring, residencies and online activity. So, wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Shakespeare's home town in the UK. Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961. We pioneer contemporary approaches to Shakespeare's plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today's playwrights. www.rsc.org.uk

Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 21 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 49 venues across the UK.

Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. This includes live satellite broadcasts of seasons from world-class arts organizations, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and The National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry's talk, The Fry Chronicles, and David Bowie is happening nowtransmitted from the V&A's sell-out exhibition.

Picturehouse Entertainment's feature film releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows' The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley's A Field in England and the forthcoming The Pervert's Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek, in cinemas from 4 October 2013.


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