Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
Professional Theatre

Richard II

By: William Shakespeare
Adapted by: Doug Farren

Show Description:
Believing himself anointed by God and infallible, the narcissistic King Richard over-taxes the populace and issues decrees by caprice.  Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke to settle a dispute, then seizes his father’s estate to fund a foreign war. While Richard’s army fights in Ireland, Bolingbroke mounts a populist rebellion at home to regain what’s rightfully his, planting the seeds for the War of the Roses that would erupt decades later.

Classified as a history, but with the soaring poetry and humanizing fall associated with tragedy, King Richard II is an under-appreciated gem in the Bard’s canon.  Perfect for this election season, it examines the nature of leadership, power and identity.  Who is Richard when he is no longer King?

Staff and Cast:

Director: Doug Farren

Richard II: James Rankin
Henry Bolingbroke: Leilani Barrett
John of Gaunt: Robert Hawkes
Bushy: Aaron Switalski
Mowbray/Gardener: Allen Branstein
Queen Isabella: Caitlin Hathaway
Earl of Northumberland: Jonathan McCleery
Lord Ross: Keith Kornajcik
Earl of Salisbury: Leonard Goff
Aumerle: Michael Johnson
Duke of York: Rodger Govea
Green: Ryan Stafford
Willoughby/Exton: Travis Reilly
Berkeley/Scroop: Zac Olivos
Ensemble/Production Assistants: Derek Green, Lainne Davis
Tickets and Press

July 17 - August 2

7pm Fridays
7pm Saturdays
7pm Sundays


Friday, June 17: PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Hts.
Saturday, June 18: Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights
Sunday, June 19: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland

Friday, June 24: Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Saturday, June 25: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, June 26: Stocker Arts Center, LCCC, Elyria

Friday, July 1: Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, July 2: James A. Garfield Historic Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 3: Lincoln Park, Cleveland

All performances at 7pm.
In case of inclement weather, an alternate indoor space will be provided.
Bring a blanket or low chair.

Press and Reviews: