The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0563 Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Date: December 16, 2013 at 7:55:54 PM EST
Subject: Thomas of Woodstock [1 Richard II] Performance
1 Richard II is being given a public reading by the RSC in London12/20. The announcement reads as follows:
Thomas of Woodstock is sometimes referred to as Richard II: Part One. It is an anonymous Elizabethan drama, which tells the backstory to Shakespeare’s play, staging the events leading up to the murder of Richard’s Uncle the Duke of Gloucester. The King is deeply implicated in his death – and this is the unspoken crisis with which Shakespeare opens Richard II.
During rehearsals, the RSC company read Thomas of Woodstock to help contextualise the opening scene of Richard II and in doing so, they discovered a truly intriguing play.
Please note the final acknowledgment of the work’s true title, the case for which I have uniquely made in the past few years, and the RSC’s “discovery of a truly intriguing play,” which of course it is. On the other hand, the RSC never contacted me, and I have no idea whether they intend to use the Shakespearean ending I wrote, or whether they are responding to my 2006 book, The Tragedy of Richard II Part One. But we are making progress.