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Richard III – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: John Haidar Reviewer: James Garrington All too often productions which label themselves “innovative” and “revelatory” turn out to be anything but that – simply a recycling of old ideas with a relatively minor tweak here and there. While, as they say, there’s nothing new in theatre, this production of Richard III by Headlong could certainly never be ...

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Richard III – HOME, Manchester  

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: John Haidar Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Headlong do not have to try too hard to demonstrate the relevance of Shakespeare’s Richard IIIto contemporary audiences. After all, the play is set in a divided society governed by a populist ‘strong man’ ruler whose narcissism conceals a deep insecurity and rage against the world. Not too difficult, therefore, to ...

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Richard III – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Reviewer: Ron Simpson In both Lindsay Posner’s contributions to the four-play Shakespeare season at York’s pop-up Elizabethan theatre, he opts for a radical and precise updating. However, while the 1932 Italy setting of Romeo and Juliet is integral to the production and offers a different angle on the play, the contemporary ...

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Richard III (a one-woman show) – Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow

Adaptation: Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir from William Shakespeare Director:  Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir Reviewer: Harriet Brace A Machiavellian masterpiece, Richard III is an epic tale of ambition, betrayal and bloodshed. Yet Brite Theater’s one-woman adaptation of the giant play brings the story to life in a way that’s intelligent, relatable, and brilliant. One of Shakespeare’s greatest successes, ...

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Richard III Redux OR Sara Beer (is/not) Richard III – Chapter, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Playwright: Kate O’Reilly Reviewer: Emily Pearce Sara Beer’s personality and incredulity at an unknowingly ignorant society shines through in this warm, but unpolished one-woman show. Shakespeare’s Richard III that was so famously portrayed by Oliver, McKellen and many others, gets a different kind of treatment by the articulate Sara Beer. Part biographical work, part analysis of a seemingly ...

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Richard III – Hull Truck Theatre

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Neil Murray Musical Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ron Simpson The staging of Richard III at Hull Truck resonates in several ways. It is produced in association with Hulls Year of Culture and Northern Broadsides as a Shakespearean contribution to Hull 2017 and a celebration of Broadsides’ 25th anniversary. Founded by one of Hull’s ...

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Richard III – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Aydon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Since the discovery of the body in the car park, Richard III seems to have become Shakespeare’s most performed play even over perennial favourites like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There have been notable star-led versions including Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios and Benedict Cumberbatch for the ...

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