The Tragedy of King Richard II will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Almeida Theatre in London on Tuesday 15 January as part of National Theatre Live. King Richard II is arrogant, reckless and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Disinherited and exiled from the kingdom, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. BAFTA and Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale plays King Richard II in this new production about the limits of power, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Little Revolution, Absolute Hell). National Theatre Live.