Hair He Is: David Tennant As ‘Richard II’

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

Last night, David Tennant took to the stage in Stratford-On-Avon for the opening night of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II. It’s a production that has made many demands of him as an actor, not least that he adopt long flowing locks of the sort you’d normally expect to see on the keyboard player in a 1983 German heavy metal band.

Thankfully, there is far more to the production than a good wig, as the early reviews bear out (in the main). The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish said, “With his startled eyes and concentrated frown, Tennant is frail, pale and consistently interesting but the nervous energy he excels in is confined to quarters early on.”

Whereas Michael Billington in The Guardian is more effusive, calling David’s work a “mesmerising performance that grows in power as Richard’s authority declines.”

The Independent’s Paul Taylor was equally thrilled, calling the production “another palpable hit for the Tennant/Doran collaboration”.

Here’s a gallery of that hair in action.

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

Still not sure if it suits a king.

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

Crowning glory, with Nigel Lindsay as Henry Bolingbroke.

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

That glorious mane in full.

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

“Is it a bit long, do you think?”

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

“I tell you what, you grow yours this long and you can have this crown”

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

“And the sceptre too”

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

“It should only take you, what, six months? A year?”

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'

“I’ll hang on to these until you’re ready”

David Tennant in the RSC's production of Shakespeare's 'Richard II'“No? Oh well. Look at mine. Isn’t it MARVELLOUS?”

(All pictures: AP Images)

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Fraser McAlpine

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