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Richard III

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Closed February 16, 2014

Rapturous. Mark Rylance gives one of the most astonishing Shakespearean performances I've ever seen.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Why See Richard III?

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king's son; now all that stand in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews - the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those - the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays - who dare to raise a voice against him.

Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power.

An all-male Original Practices production, Richard III will explore clothing, music, dance and settings possible in around 1593. The play is presented as an exciting double bill performance alongside Twelfth Night, with both plays being presented at the Belasco on a rotating schedule. Like Richard III, Twelfth Night will also feature Mark Rylance in the title role.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 19 October 2013

Opening night: 24 October 2013


Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

Two hours and 50 minutes, including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Mark Rylance as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III
Samuel Barnett as Elizabeth
Liam Brennan as Clarence/Lord Mayor Paul Chahidi as Hastings and Tyrell
John Paul Connolly as 1st Murderer/Cardinal/Ratcliff/Halberdier
Peter Hamilton Dyer as Brakenbury/Catesby
Kurt Egyiawan as Richmond/Duchess of York
Matt Harrington as Dorset, Bishop of Ely, Guard
Colin Hurley as King Edward IV/Stanley
Terry McGinity as Scrivener, Rivers, Blunt
Matthew Schechter as Prince Edward
Hayden Signoretti as Duke of York
Jethro Skinner as 2nd Murderer/Messenger/Halberdier
Joseph Timms as Lady Anne, Grey
Angus Wright as Duke of Buckingham


Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Carroll
Designed by Jenny Tirimani
Music by Claire van Kampen

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