Shakespeare's most gruesome history play Richard III is brought to life in a new all male production transferring from the Globe Theatre on London's South Bank. The production will run in rep with Twelfth Night, as the two share a cast of highly talented actors who breathe new life into both of these classic pieces of drama. Richard III tells the story of villainous monarch Richard Duke of Gloucester as he manipulates his way up the political ladder, murdering all of those in his path. This 'hunch-backed toad' sees off his opponents systematically, whilst at the same time wooing the attentions of Lady Anne, whose husband he has just killed on the battle field. Cursed by his own mother Lady Margaret, Richard ignores all the warning signs and will stop at nothing to reach his ultimate aim.
Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance plays Richard in this new production, which highlights the humour of the character and draws the audience into his treacherous plans. He is joined by Samuel Barnett, who has recently been seen in Trevor Nunn's Theatre Royal Haymarket season, as well as in the original cast of the National Theatre's 'The History Boys'. Barnett will play Queen Elizabeth, along with The Vicar of Dibley's Roger Lloyd Pack as Buckingham.
This production is directed by Tim Carroll and features designs by Jenny Tiramani and music by Claire van Kampen. The production evokes the atmosphere of the original Shakespeare's Globe and features music, costume, dance and setting in line with the original practices of the day. This is a rare chance to see this play in traditional Elizabethan setting, and is a different style of production than has been seen in the West End over recent years.
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Richard III features 16th Century language along with violent themes which may be unsuitable for children. Young adults and teenagers, especially those who have been introduced to Shakespeare will find this brand new production to be engaging and compelling. It is recommended for children aged 14 and above.