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'A Forty-Minute Richard II' by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff - additional information.

'A Forty-Minute Richard II' by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
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Period and Geography
Location: England. Time Period: Medieval
Settings and Set Complexity
Number of Sets: 2
Setting: Castle Interior and 'Other Location'
Set Requirements: Backdrops/simple flats, Multiple levels and Staircase
The script includes characters in the following age range(s):
Unspecified ages
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Swearing rate: 2 rude words per thousand
We have identified the following types of language in the text:
Mild swearwords
Potential blasphemy
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Costume notes
Abridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Life and Death of King Richard II', with the original text cut down to under 40 minutes.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
King Richard II is approached by both Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray, the Duke of Norfolk, who wish him to judge a duel between them. Both Richard and John of Gaunt oppose the duel, but Richard agrees to oversee it. As the duel commences Richard interrupts and banishes both men from England. Mowbray predicts this as the first act leading to Richard's downfall. Following John of Gaunt's death, Richard appropriates all his money and lands. As Richard plots a war on Ireland, the nobility seek to overthrow him and place Bolingbroke on the throne.


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