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Shakespeare's Richard II

Shakespeare, Drama, Play

Journey to fourteenth century England with Skagit Valley College Drama Department continues slashing though Shakespeare’s Richard II, the usurped king from the House of Lancaster. Based on true historical events, Richard II is the first play in William Shakespeare’s four-part series about the House of Lancaster. Set in 1398, Richard II traces the fall from power of the last king of the house of Plantagenet, Richard II, and his replacement by the first Lancaster king, Henry IV (Henry Bolingbroke). Richard II, who ascended to the throne as a young man, is a regal and stately figure, but he is wasteful in his spending habits, unwise in his choice of counselors, and detached from his country and its common people. When he begins to "rent out" parcels of English land to certain wealthy noblemen in order to raise funds for one of his wars, and seizes the lands and money of a recently deceased and much respected uncle to help fill his coffers, both the commoners and the king's noblemen decide that Richard has gone too far. Power, war, revenge and plotting drive the narrative of this epic. February 22, 23, March 1, 2, 8, 9 @ 7:30 pm and March 10 @ 2pm. In the Phil Tarro Theatre. More information on Facebook at "SVC Drama."