To continue our celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, The Ultimate-TV and the DT Forum are holding an encore FREE screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II starring David Tennant. The screening will be held at in the Ferguson Lecture Hall located in Columbia College in Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm. This is ONLY FREE in the USA and we will be giving away David Tennant Celebration Gift pack that will include a Richard II poster and a DVD of Richard II courtesy of FYE.
As part of this celebration the Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) have been invited to perform a number of scenes from some of Shakespeare best known plays.
- Richard II Act IV, scene I,
- As You Like It Act V, scene ii, Mashup fight scene,
- Twelfth Night, Act III, scene iv Sir Toby monologue,
- Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, scene i Mistress Page monologue
Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Shakespeare education outreach, and performance opportunities to Chicago area high school students. CYS is founded on the belief that the most effective way to empower young people academically and artistically is to provide them with opportunities to inspire and be inspired by one another. Simply put, our goal is to get more high school students up on their feet, performing Shakespeare, for and with each other. Through programming and collaboration with arts education partners, CYS seeks to broaden the scope and impact of Shakespeare through performance opportunities for Chicago area high school students and their teachers, particularly in underserved communities.
You can find them on Twitter at @CYShakes
This event is has been organised by Ultimate TV with the collaboration of DT Forum who have funded the screening and Columbia College who have kindly donated the facilities. You can reserve your tickets for this event by registering at eventbrite.com or link to onscreen.rsc.org.co.uk and look for the free Chicago screening.
Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directed David Tennant in the title role and it is the first production in a new cycle of Shakespeare’s History play that will be performed over the coming seasons.
David is joined by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington and John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke who give outstanding performances.
Of the role of King Richard, Tennant adds: “He’s not a hero at all. He’s quite a complicated character. So I’m daunted by the prospect of doing it justice but very excited to get a chance.”