A murderous charmer who schemes and seduces his way to the throne of England, Richard III has long been the theatre’s favorite villain. One of Shakespeare’s earliest successes, this enthralling portrait of Machiavellian overdrive remains gripping to modern audiences.
“I was born with a cleft lip and was teased as a child. I strongly identified with Richard’s deformity and always loved playing the lines, ‘Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time into this breathing world, scarce half made up, so that dogs bark at me as I halt by them.’ Richard enjoys being evil. He relishes being able to seduce the audience into becoming his primary accomplice. Shakespeare imbues him with a delightfully malevolent flair for comedy that is irresistible.”
–Stacy Keach (Richard III) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company
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