Lord Denney's Players Present: Richard II

Lord Denney’s Players’ first production, William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard II, premiered on April 17, 2015, and ran for four nights. The play featured the acting talents of Ohio State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty, and was crewed by undergraduates in an upper-level Shakespeare class taught by Assistant Professor Sarah Neville, who also directed the production.

"The opportunity to be involved in this production has gone beyond my personal expectations. Interaction with the text in a live environment creates a critical engagement that serves as a Shakespearean green world of sorts when juxtaposed with the traditional classroom environment."
—Justin Bauer (BA '15)

LDP’s production of Richard II featured two differently performed cuts of the play. The first weekend’s shows were based off of the original quarto editions of the play, which do not include what is commonly referred to as the “deposition scene,” an extended scene at the beginning of Act Four where Richard publicly abdicates his throne to his cousin Bolingbroke. The scene is first printed in the collected works of Shakespeare in 1623 and its exclusion from earlier editions of Richard II, has prompted many Shakespeare scholars to speculate about the censorship of this scene in print and its original performance on the stage.  

Lord Denney's Players was the first company, as far as we know, to stage both versions of Richard II in the same production, experimenting with the implications of including, or excluding, the remarkable deposition scene.


Fitzwater—Aaron Banks
Willoughby—Justin Bauer
Aumerle—Aliyah Cohen
Bagot—Taylor Davis
Queen Isobel—Corey Debelak
Duchess of YorkTorsa Ghosal
Lord Marshal—Matt Gmetro
John of GauntRichard Firth Green
GardenerHannibal Hamlin
Northumberland—Ryan Heitkamp
Gardener's AssistantManny Jacquez
York's Servingman—Brian Javor
Bishop of CarlisleDan Knapper
Bolingbroke—Annie McAlpine
Duchess of GloucesterSarah Neville
Bushy—Amy (Emory) Noakes
Green/Keeper—Nicholas Poe
Mowbray/Exton—Micah Rickerson
King Richard II—Ellie Rogers
Groom/Welsh Captain—Hannah Russ
Duke of YorkAntony Shuttleworth


Assistant Dramaturge—Aaron Banks
Sound Technician/ASM—Justin Bauer
Promotions Coordinator—Marie Bordley
Production ArtistBethany Christiansen
Assistant Stage Manager—Aliyah Cohen
Front of House/Business Staff—Meghan Dannemiller
Set Designer—Zachary Dean
Front of House/Business Staff—Jessica Duncan
Fight CoordinatorSarah Dunlap
Promotions Coordinator—Patrick Esguerra
Assistant Stage Manager—Matt Gmetro
Promotions Coordinator—Kristen Gramajo
Promotions AdvisorHannibal Hamlin
Costume Designer—Kaitlyn Hartman
Assistant Dramaturge—Ryan Heitkamp
Assistant DirectorManny Jacquez
DramaturgeErin Kelly
Lighting Technician—Brittany Koza
Costume Designer—Alexandra Lendon
Props Manager—Elizabeth Lyle
DirectorSarah Neville
Costume Designer—Amy (Emory) Noakes
Set Designer—Nicholas Poe
Costume Coordinator—Rebekah Priebe
Stage ManagerMicah Rickerson
Promotions Coordinator—Emma Royce
Music DirectorEddie Singleton

For More Information

For more information about the staging of this production, refer to this production’s archive with the ISE (Internet Shakespeare Editions). Additionally, promotional videos related to the production can be found on Ohio State English’s YouTube Channel.

"This production has given me the unique opportunity to jump out from behind the pages of Richard II and participate in the action itself. It has forced me far outside my comfort zone. I am so grateful to all the friends I have made this semester and to the people who have made this experience possible. I never dreamed I'd be part of such an amazing experiment."
—Aliyah Cohen (BA'17)