David Tennant gives a moving performance of the abdication of Richard II. It’s worth noting how, in the first half of this clip, his performance is filled with pauses, particularly when compared with the other actors in the clip. Of particular note, his use of a prolonged pause in the line
“Here cousin, seize the crown, <long pause> here cousin”
to build dramatic effect.
Then in the second half of the clip, the pauses go so that the rhythm of the verse and the rhyming couplets is felt, even, or especially, when the couplets cross speakers.
Other Video Clips:
James Corden in One Man Two Guv’nors – an NT-Live production
Read Players-Shakespeare.com’s Introduction to Richard II with links to free downloads of play – click here.
Read Players-Shakespeare.com review of RSC production of Richard II with David Tennant – click here.