Richard III: Shakespeare's Classic Revitalized
Shakespeare is often considered the father of modern drama. From
tragedies to comedies, dramatic pieces to historical ones, Shakespeare's plays run the gamut of purely entertaining to heavily
didactical. The bard's plays are relevant for all ages. It's no different, then, with Richard III, one of his history
plays dramatizing the real-life tale of British royalty. The show might be centuries old; yet, the lessons about greed, power-hunger,
and violence still apply today.
Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most beloved history plays,
and it's on the stage this year in New York City. The play tells the story of King Richard III, the younger, jealous brother
of King Edward IV of England, and his campaign to take over the throne of his country. There are lots of obstacles in his
way: the living king, his physical deformity, the current princes, and the court of people who are against him. However, through
a reign of terror, William is able to remove everyone who stands in his way - even his own wife - until things get out of
hand and not able he is able to control what's fated against him. A suspenseful and gripping drama, Shakespeare's Richard
III brings to life historical events in an extremely theatrical manner - great for audiences no matter what the century.
Richard III is brought to the stages in New York this winter, after a successful run on London's historic West End.
Alongside a production of another Shakespeare classic, Twelfth Night, Richard III will run for a 16-week limited engagement
at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. If you're lucky enough to get Richard III New York tickets, you won't forget this momentous
occasion anytime soon.
The opening to Shakespeare's Richard III, "Now is the winter of our discontent,"
is one of the most famous lines in all of theatre. It actually inspired John Steinbeck's book, titled The Winter of Our
Discontent. However, despite the popularity of Shakespeare's writing, historians agree that Shakespeare greatly overdramatized
the truth of Richard III's story. In fact, the ruler was not a power-hungry monster; experts agree that Richard III
had a very popular reputation, though he was unwaveringly dedicated to rebuilding the reputation of a powerful monarch in
For such a legendary play, it's no surprise that the cast of Richard III on Broadway
is full of theatrical veterans and all-stars. Starring in the play is Shakespearean acting legend Mark Rylance. Alongside
him are a slew of acting veterans, like Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, and John Paul Connolly.
There's no one more commonly credited for creating the dramatic form than William Shakespeare. While Shakespeare's
legacy remains disputed (some believe that William Shakespeare wasn't a real person at all), the plays that Shakespeare produced
have made an indelible mark on modern theatre. Some of his most popular works include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer
Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Othello.
Richard III is brought
to Broadway straight from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. In addition to the support of that London Institution, producers
of the New York version include Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions. 10001
Nights Productions, Tulchin/Bartner Produtions, Jane Bergere, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare
Globe Center USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions, and Shakespeare Road.