Clare Fellows Gardens
Wed 20 - Fri 22 June
Clare Actors

Richard II

William Shakespeare

'For within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court'

A country divided and in crisis, a leader whose vanity threatens to drag his people into war.... The havoc that can be wreaked by an incompetent and arrogant king knows few bounds but when young Harry Bolingbroke returns from exile and begins to amass support, Richard must watch as his authority crumbles before him. A story of political ambition, weak leadership and the questioning of constitutional rights, Shakespeare’s words remain as relevant to the modern day as ever.

Using some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful verse, we’ll follow the characters in promenade through the striking setting of Clare Gardens and watch on as the factions and debates of the corridors of power dictate the fate of kings.

Please Note: venue is not accessible (eg.. step access only).  The first part of the play, approximately half an hour, is in promenade. The audience will only have to walk for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time and won't be standing still for more than 5 minutes at a time. There will be ushers present to guide the audience and assist those who find it difficult to walk. For those who find it particularly difficult to stand we can provide chairs that the ushers can carry between locations so they can sit during the scenes. If you feel you will need assistance during this part of the production please let us know in advance by emailing  so we can make preparations.


Wed 20 June at 2:00pm
Thu 21 June at 2:00pm
Fri 22 June at 2:00pm


90 minutes


Clare Fellows Gardens


£6; £5 students/concessions

Production team



This is an outdoor venue, so audience members should dress weather-appropriately. In the event of cancellation due to extreme adverse weather conditions, audience members will be notified. Please note that food and alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside the garden.

Clare Fellows' Garden is situated just inside the main college gate on Queen's Road leading to Clare Bridge, opposite Memorial Court. The postcode is CB3 9AJ. Parking is limited to Pay and Display bays on Queen's Road, and no audience parking will be permitted within college grounds, so please plan travel arrangements ahead of time.

The gate to Clare Bridge on Queen's Road will be open from 13.30, where tickets will be available on the door cash-only, and pre-bought tickets available for collection. Audience members are welcome to look around the gardens between 13:30 and 14:00, when the show will begin promptly, so please arrive in plenty of time if you would like to do this.

The garden is accessible for wheelchair-users.


Clare Fellows' Garden
Trinity Lane,
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20 June 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx Buy tickets
21 June 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx Buy tickets
22 June 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx 2:00pm – 3:30pm approx Buy tickets