The Sainsbury Theatre
Tuesday 8 December 7:30pm
Wednesday 9 December 7:30pm
About the show
“For heaven’s sake let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings.”
The King has gone too far. He’s seizing land, spending the profits on reckless wars and has banished Bolingbroke from England. Easily led astray by the desires of his friends, Richard’s recklessness is provoking treason with every bad decision he makes.
Returning from battle he discovers his court populated by plots. Friends gone, either dispersed or dead, Richard realises that there is only one option left open to him.
After his marriage in 1582 there is little documentation available surrounding Shakespeare’s life until 1592 when he began writing his first plays in London. At the time the theatre community in London was viewed as licentious and a place of debauchery. This degenerate atmosphere is captured in his earlier works, mostly comedies centred on young men and their trials and tribulations in love. Shakespeare was believed to have written King Richard the Second in approximately 1595 – late in the reign of the childless Elizabeth I of England, when issues around the succession were of great political concern.
Nathan’s directing credits for LAMDA includes: Half Blue by Ava Wong Davies (Audible x LAMDA), Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Hurricane Protest Songs (Graeae x LAMDA).
Other directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Orange Tree), 140 bpm; Space to Create (National Theatre Learning), Feather by Feather by Sonali Bhattacharyya (Old Vic New Voices), Before it Rains by Thea Gajic; Like the Water (National Youth Theatre), 20 Stories of Home; Gender Re:mixed (20 Stories High), Sticks and Stones (Arts Ed), At Any One Time… by Titilola Dawudu (Ovalhouse), Kids Company Showcase (Critereon Theatre), The Coat of Two Colours (Royal College of Music).
Directing as associate and assistant director includes: You Can Save Me (Hydrocracker), Strangers on a Train Set (Lipservice National Tour), Operation Black Antler (Blast Theory x Hydrocracker at Southbank Centre), Gratitude (Rachel Baghshaw RD at NT Studio).
Directing for film includes: Before the Flame Goes Out (Hydrocracker and Raymond Antrobus), What Do You See? (ODD Arts).
Film as second AD: Bloodyminded (Blast Theory, 14-18 NOW), A Place Free of Judgement (Blast Theory).
Projects as visiting artist (lyricism): Dreamscape; Fire In The Youth (National Theatre Wales).
Workshop leading as director/lyrical artist: LAMDA Widening Access, Royal Court, Gate, Synergy, Contact, Blast Theory and Young Vic and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nathan is co-director for Hydrocracker Theatre, a National Theatre Connections mentor director and an associate artist for National Youth Theatre.
He runs the youth justice project Tipping Point.
Nathan trained on LAMDA’s postgraduate directing course.
He won the Deutsche Bank Award for Dramatic Art in 2014, he was JMK runner up in 2017, and a Genesis Award finalist in 2019.
Photos: Sam Taylor
Philip Leone Ganado
Set and Costume Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Sound Designer
Ross, Squire B
Willougby, Earl Salisbury, Lord Marshal, Servant 3
Bushy, Abbot of Westminster
Queen Isabella, Duke of Surrey
Duchess of Gloucester, Duchess of York, Squire M, Gardener
Harry Percy, Exton, Herald 2, Servant 1
John of Gaunt, Servant 3
Bishop of Carlisle, Herald 1
Green, Welsh Captain, Servant 2
Deputy Stage Manager
Millie Swinchin Rew
Assistant Stage Manager
Claudia Penna Rojas
Deputy LX / Programmer
Production Sound Engineer