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  • n. King of England from 1377 to 1399; he suppressed the Peasant's Revolt in 1381 but his reign was marked by popular discontent and baronial opposition in British Parliament and he was forced to abdicate in 1399 (1367-1400)

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  • It was under the son -- aka Richard II -- that the city saw a widespread "greening" with giant planters exploding with flowers; the redesign of Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears; and the unveiling of Daley's crowning achievement, the spectacular (and costly) Millennium Park with its soaring steel ribbon bandshell designed by architect Frank Gehry.

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  • The chronicle-history plays begin (probably) with the subtile and fascinating, though not yet absolutely masterful study of contrasting characters in 'Richard II'; continue through the two parts of 'Henry IV,' where the realistic comedy action of Falstaff and his group makes history familiarly vivid; and end with the epic glorification of a typical English hero-king in 'Henry V.'

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  • How does the excellence of the characterization compare with that in 'Richard II'?

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  • Marlowe's tempestuous vein is less apparent in 'Richard II' than in

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  • But hey, who wouldn’t want a bird they could name Richard II [I had a cockateel when I was 5] or a dog named Reparo [weird dream].

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  • See what audiences have to say about "Richard II," part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Leadership Repertory.

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  • In contrast, King Ælfred himself, sent through a time warp and landing in the middle of a reading by Chaucer at the court of Richard II, would have had a lot more difficulty understanding what he heard.

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  • But Mr. Hurt, a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was classified the Hamlet and Richard II type, set his sights determinedly low: In order to become an actor, I had to give an oath to myself, as it were, that I'd be prepared to be in rep for the rest of my life.

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  • I was lucky enough to see, nearly 40 years ago, John Barton's Richard II, in which Ian Richardson and Richard Pasco alternated the title role and the usurping Bolingbroke.

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  • Finally, certain to make you squirm in your seat, are the U.K. première of a new Neil LaBute play, "Reasons to be Pretty" at the Almeida (Nov. 17-Jan. 14), and the thrilling prospect of Eddie Redmayne as "Richard II," directed by Michael Grandage, his swansong production as artistic director of the Donmar (Dec. 6-Feb. 4).

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