Keele Drama Society

Shakespeare play: Richard II

Friday and Saturday 5.30pm | Sunday matinee 2.30pm

Keele Drama Society was one of the first ever societies to be formed at Keele. It was founded by pioneer students in 1950, and its first production was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night performed in the courtyard of Keele Hall. Now, KDS performs at least four productions a year, including one published play, an annual charity One Acts festival, a student written play and the summer Shakespeare.

For this year’s summer Shakespeare Keele Drama Society proudly presents Richard II, a historical drama characterised by treason, exile, uprising and the struggle for the hollow crown. The play is centered around events beginning in 1398 when Richard II banishes Thomas Mowbray and Henry Bolingbroke over a quarrel filled with accusations of murdering the Duke of Gloucester.

The next year Richard II ceases the property of the deceased John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke’s father, to pay for a war with the Irish. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance and raises rebellion under support against the widely criticised King Richard II. These dramatic scenes may mirror a historical reality, but what man or woman will win possession of the hollow crown?

The play is Richard II and doors will open at 5pm on Friday the 25th of May and Saturday 26th, with performances starting at 5:30pm, and then we are doing a matinee on Sunday 27th with doors opening at 2pm and the performance starting at 2:30pm. As is tradition, we will be performing in the Clockhouse Courtyard.

TICKETS: £6 Adults | £4 Students | £3 members

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