Just back from this. No Nigel Lindsay through indisposition so his understudy appeared instead and was excellent. By all accounts in this thread seeing Lindsay would have given quite a different Bolingbroke dynamic.
I noticed inappropriate laughing at some of Tennant's scenes (who the heck laughs at the 'sad stories of the death of kings' speech?) and although I thought he was OK, I still hesitate to call him a 'great Shakespearian actor'. He doesn't have the necessary demeanour to convince either as the vain king prone to flattery in the first half, or the pathetic fragile man broken by the loss of his state and anointed deputy of God status in the second half. But he's better than he was way back in The Comedy of Errors at Stratford. Great Richards in my book would be Jacobi and Sam West, their performances have stayed with me for years.
Of the more senior actors I did feel Lapotaire was a bit prone to overacting in her 'bit' although good to see her back after her ill-health. Ford-Davies was excellent, Pennington also good. The sets are stunning. I didn't care for the change to Richard's murderer - a bit pointless.
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