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Nigel Lindsay is armed ready to play Henry Bolingbroke in the RSC's production "Richard II" 2013. The RSC is rare among theatres worldwide in having a whole department devoted to the design and construction of armour, tucked away behind an ordinary terrace of cottages in Stratford, see more:

1986 - "Richard II" Richard Easton as Northumberland and Michael Kitchen as Bolingbroke Photograph by Donald Cooper

Antony Sher's monumental King Lear is a crowning achievement in his career – review

Lear (Antony Sher) with his daughters (Kelly Williams, Natalie Simpson, Nia Gwynne). RSC, 2016.

2013 - 'Richard II' King Richard (David Tennant) holds John of Gaunt (Michael Pennington) before he dies. RSC Dir. Greg Doran Shakespeare theatre, Stratford on Avon

1937 - This is a scene from "Richard II" at the Queen's Theatre with John Gielgud as Richard and Peggy Ashcroft as the Queen. It was unusual to see Shakespeare in the West End as producers were not convinced that the plays would attract audiences and were reluctant to take financial risks.

2000 - Ralph Fiennes as "Richard II" for the Almeida Theatre's production (c. Ivan Kynel); he also played "Coriolanus" during the same season, a play which he went on to direct into a film in 2011, as well as reprising the title role. Ralph featured in over 10 RSC productions between 1988-2003, whilst his brother Joseph (also featured in our exhibition) starred in several RSC shows between 1995-97