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Event Details

Venue: Main House

Date: Tue 19 Nov - Sat 30 Nov

Time: 7:30, with 2pm (Thu) and 2:30pm (Sat) Matinee

Produced by: York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse

Written by: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Loveday Ingram

Lighting: Mark Jonathan

Richard III: Ian Bartholomew

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

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Reviews

Review: Richard III - Nottingham Post

Fri 01 Nov 2013

Written by Alan Geary

With his sidelong looks at the audience, the raised left eyebrow, the humble hunched look and the smirk, Bartholemew’s Richard looks like a C-list stand-up comedian – and it works.

Review: Richard III - Leftlion

Fri 01 Nov 2013

Written by Leftlion

What sets this production apart is the way that the dark humour of the play has been brought out. The success of this is mostly due to the incredible performance by Ian Bartholomew as Richard.

Review: Richard III - Impact

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Written by James Hamilton

Bartholomew gives Richard a vile impulsiveness that is infective. You are repulsed by him from the start and Bartholomew builds on this by adding an arrogant, comedic trait which feels oddly appropriate.

Review: Richard III - Nottingham Arts Blog

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Written by Catherine Allen

It’s also a must-see if, like me, you have been hooked by the discovery of the remains of the last Plantagenet king in Leicester.

Review: Richard III - The Stage

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Written by Pat Ashworth

This is a production for our times, with clear, intelligent delivery, powerful fight scenes and subtle use of video projection at moments of high tension.

Review: Richard III - Chad

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Written by Helen Beighton

His Richard has an almost comic quality about him, which adds an extra layer of lunacy to the king’s murderous plot to seize the throne. He expertly manipulates the aristocracy to get where he wants, revealing all in soliloquies and asides that are practically humorous in delivery.

Review: Richard III - Pocklington Post

Thu 21 Nov 2013

Written by Julia Pattison

The set design of this production was most imposing, with grey, drab stones covered in writing reflecting the stark, sombre times. There were lots of hidden doors too and sliding screens, that were used most effectively. I particularly liked the clever use of the tent before the Battle of Bosworth, with sound and projected image adding to the building tension.

Review: Richard III - The Yorkshire Post

Fri 22 Nov 2013

Written by Nick Ahad

Ian Bartholomew’s scenery- chewing turn as the despotic plantagenet king is an engrossing, all-encompassing performance which lights up the stage whenever he is on it.

Review: Richard III - The Guardian

Fri 22 Nov 2013

Written by Alfred Hickling

Richard's running commentary on his actions establishes a pantomimic relationship with the audience

Review: Richard III - The Press

Fri 22 Nov 2013

Written by Charles Hutchinson

Ingram’s direction exudes confidence in the power of modern theatre, with supremely clear storytelling to go with the high-tech panache, and Drew Baumohl’s sound designs take this thrilling production further into film territory. Even a horse neighs on the battlefield.

Review: Richard III - The Observer

Mon 25 Nov 2013

Written by Clare Brennan

Darkness engulfs the actors: black backdrops, black costumes, dim lighting. Against the towering set, faces and hands appear like pale, floating blobs. Occasional splashes of colour – a red gown and cloak, a cream sheath dress, gold robes – give the feel of a colour supplement's moody fashion shoot (designs by Simon Higlett).

Reviews: Richard III

Mon 25 Nov 2013

Written by Young Ambassadors from Joseph Rowntree School

The smoke blurs the stage, the light dim and the production, Richard the Third, starts. This epic tale of a royal blooded man with hatred in his heart who has high aims to do whatever it takes to make himself the King of the country.This sinister character doesn’t care what crimes and injustice’s he has to commit to get there grips the audience with his ambition, ruthlessness and manipulative mind throughout the production. Although the performance goes on until quite late in the night I would definitely recommend this modern adaption of a great classic (Richard the Third) to everyone, though I must say that some scenes might scare a younger audience so might perhaps be unsuitable for them but it is definitely worth seeing for people who love theatre and stunning acting as the actors in the play were first class in my opinion.

Review: Richard III - Nouse

Mon 25 Nov 2013

Written by Amy Wong

Disco music and cocktail dresses probably aren’t the first things that spring to mind when one thinks of Richard III. Yet when Richard (Ian Bartholomew) first appears in Nottingham Playhouse’s take on the Shakespearean classic, moving panels reveal a group of revellers celebrating Edward IV’s victory whilst Richard stands on the side of the stage in darkness, removed from the action. This physical isolation immediately creates sympathy for the character often remembered as nothing more than a power-hungry tyrant.

Review: Richard III

Tue 26 Nov 2013

Written by Young Ambassadors from St Olaves School

Overall it was a great play with appropriate lighting, very strong and passionate actors, the scene changes were clever and lots of black humour. I say that Richard the III is a must see, but to understand it; it is necessary for you to know the background.

Review: Richard III - British Theatre Guide

Tue 26 Nov 2013

Written by Mark Smith

Against this grand and effective backdrop, we see early hints of the mixed / modern setting of this version, with the ‘sun of York’s’ entourage glimpsed carousing to disco music as Richard appears, launching his vitriol over these idle pleasures of the day.

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Shakespeare’s ruthless and cunning Richard plots, calculates and murders his way to the throne in one of the most chilling portrayals of political tyranny ever written.

This production explores the parallels between the devious Richard, who is full of paranoia, humour and irresistible charm, and our modern world of political monsters; men who have led campaigns of fear and oppression with seductive rhetoric and persuasiveness, in the pursuit of absolute power.

Ian Bartholomew plays the murderous and power hungry Richard, in one of the greatest and most thrilling of Shakespeare’s roles.
 

“Ian Bartholomew’s scenery- chewing turn as the despotic plantagenet king is an engrossing, all-encompassing performance which lights up the stage whenever he is on it.” Yorkshire Post

“Ingram’s direction exudes confidence in the power of modern theatre, with supremely clear storytelling to go with the high-tech panache” York Press

Additional events:

Richard III Silent Film - Wed 27 Nov
On Wed 27 Nov there will be a special Silent Film event in partnership with The University of York. More information here.

An Illustrated Talk - Richard III & Dickon - Fri 29 Nov
Shakespeare’s Richard III & Gordon Daviot's Dickon – A comparative study.  Who was the real Richard? More information here

Part of the city wide festival; Richard III: Rumour and Reality
http://richardiii-ipup.org.uk/

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Our Education Offer:

Pre-show workshop: Getting to grips with the story

WIth Shakespeare it is always useful to have a strong grasp of the story before seeing the production. This two-hour workshop will cover the key plot points, themes of the story and principle potagonists as well as getting to grips with the language.

  • Available at your school or at the Theatre
  • Suitable and adaptable for all age
  • Cost £150 for a maxmium of 30 students
  • Book your workshop at education@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

 

 

Education pack - follow link to download

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Related News

Reviews for Richard III

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Richard III has opened at Nottingham Playhouse and is described as "a production of our times, with clear, intelligent delivery, powerful fight scenes and subtle use of video projection"

Reviews for Richard III

Richard III Auditions

Wed 30 Oct 2013

York Theatre Royal is looking for four boys to play the Princes in Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’. We will be holding auditions on Friday 1st November 2013 at 4pm in order to select two teams to appear onstage.

Richard III comes home to York

Mon 18 Feb 2013

Shakespeare's famous "Son of York" set to come home this autumn as fourth part of the Wars of the Roses tetrology plays at York Theatre Royal.

Richard III comes home to York

 

 

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