The stage and screen actors are portraying Queen Elizabeth and the title role for the benefit event. Also featured in the cast, helmed by co-artistic director Jonathan Croy, is Tina Packer in the role of Queen Margaret, Annette Miller and other special guests.
Taking place at the Tina Packer Playhouse at 2 PM, proceeds from the reading will benefit the company's performance, training and education programs.
Patrick Page, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe and Raúl Esparza Light Up Central Park in Cymbeline
"We are delighted to welcome Hamish back to our stage – and to welcome Lily for the first time for this special production," said Croy in an earlier press statement. Linklater is the son of Company founding member Kristin Linklater and made his first theatrical appearance on stage at Shakespeare & Company.
Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the country and attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually.
Rabe was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice while Linklater was last seen on a Broadway stage in Seminar, which also starred his real-life love Rabe. The two also performed together in last year's Shakespeare in the Park staging of Much Ado About Nothing.
To purchase tickets to Richard II, phone (413) 637-3353 or visit Shakespeare.org.