“A play that is often explored through the effeminacy of that king,
that is where most directors begin”
Deborah Warner discusses her controversial 1995 staging of Richard II at the National Theatre and the subsequent film adaptation starring Fiona Shaw in the title role.
Recounting her experience of working with Shaw, Warner reflects on the intricacies of Richard II’s character when ‘gender falls away’. She discusses the varied critical responses to the original production, alongside the importance of performance capture in broadening the appeal of Shakespearean roles and work.
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