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David Tennant is to play Richard II in a new production of the Shakespearean play of the same name.

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The former Doctor Who actor will be directed by Gregory Doran in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production. The two previously worked together on Hamlet in 2008.

The play is part of the RSC’s winter 2013 season and will be at the Barbican Theatre from December 9 2013 to January 25 2014, following a run in Stratford in the autumn.

Doran, who is also artistic director of the RSC, said: “I am delighted that we will be presenting Richard II to London audiences at the Barbican this winter, following our very successful collaboration during the World Shakespeare Festival.

“As we continue our journey to find a home for our work in London, it’s great to work with the Barbican again and it’s a fantastic space in which to present this particular production.”

Toni Racklin, head of theatre at the Barbican, said: “I am thrilled to welcome the RSC to the Barbican for Gregory Doran’s inaugural season with this highly anticipated production of Richard II with David Tennant.

“The play, which perfectly complements our year-round programme, will receive a seven-week run in the theatre over Christmas and is part of our ongoing commitment to present world-class theatre on our stages and beyond.

“We look forward to working closely with our colleagues at the RSC to bring Richard II to London.”

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