Richard II

Richard II (2005) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre. Richard II was based on a play by William Shakespeare. The production was staged at The Norwegian Theatre's venue Prøvesalen (later called Scene 3).

Stein Winge directed it.

Ingunn Beate Øyen acted in the title role. She received The Hedda Award 2006 in the best leading actress category for it.

Richard II was the first production in The Norwegian Theatre's planned series of Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses plays at The Norwegian Theatre. All were meant to be directed by Winge. Richard II was performed in 2005, Richard III in 2007 and Henry IV in 2008. Henry VI and Henry V were planned for 2009, but the theatre cancelled the rest of the series after Henry IV.

Richard II was in 2007 revived at The Norwegian Theatre's venue Scene 2.


(Objekt ID 29570)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 18, 2005
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Richard II by William Shakespeare
Audience Adults
Audience size 4679
Number of events 44
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Tragedy
Running period Navember 18, 2005  
Duration 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingunn Beate Øyen won The Hedda Award 2006 in the best leading actress category for the role of King Richard.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"This year's winner has interpreted a number of different roles at the theatre for which she has worked most of the time since graduating from The National Academy of Theatre. With equal competence she has interpreted classics such as Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights such as Jon Fosse. She has played mild women such as Celia in As You Like It and strong women such as Jeanne d'Arc. But she gets the award for her nuanced and convincing interpretation of a man - a powerful, yet weak and complex man.

The best leading actress award goes to Ingunn Beate Øyen for her interpretation of King Richard II at The Norwegian Theatre."


Heddaprisen,, 27.11.2014,

The Norwegian Theatre,, 27.11.2014,

Performance dates
September 27, 2007Scene 2, Det Norske Teatret, The Norwegian Theatre New opening
Navember 18, 2005Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen), The Norwegian Theatre Opening night
Press coverage

Elisabeth Leinslie, Shakespeare ned fra tronen (literally: Shakespeare dethroned), 19.11.2005, Dagsavisen [Oslo]:
"The audience is placed in the performing area itself. The classic divide between stage and auditorium has been dissolved. [...] Further, the audience is given a certain power through functioning as indirect fellow players (the people of England) and neutral witnesses to the forced dethronation of King Richard II. This is good thinking, but it becomes somewhat unclear as Winge's direction arranges for modest use of the situation. [...] Øyen, Bjørnhaug and Sundquist are behind most of the highlights of Richard II. A production ending in the category of 'off-balance', a category that in this case moves between great performances and indifferent theatre."