Richard III - Rose Theatre Kingston

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Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street

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Average Rating: 5 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)


Latest Review: "Astonishingly good - thanks to Mark Rylance and all the actors and production team. A wonderful i..."

As part of Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season, one of the Bard’s most famous history plays appears on the stage in an updated setting and with Martin Freeman in a lead role. The Trafalgar Transformed season is enjoying its second year in the spotlight, following the successful appearances of Macbeth and The Hothouse last year, and it continues to attract a sizable crowd in 2014.

 Richard III is, of course, a famous Shakespearean account of Richard III of England, focusing on his rise to power and his reign on the throne. Though Richard’s reign was short, the play is amongst the longest that Shakespeare penned and this makes it one of the best known of his works and one of the most talked-about history plays. It was penned in the last decade of the 16th century and as such it is also remembered as one of his earliest pieces, making it a valuable part of Shakespeare’s canon.

This version updates the action to the 1970s after the Winter of Discontent, but whilst the setting has changed, the show retains the iconic moments that have been celebrated since its inception.

And those with theatre tickets will get a treat as Martin Freeman portrays the well known figure. The actor is famous for a wide range of screen roles, from Tim in The Office to Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy. Recent years have also seen him appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (who appears in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015) in Sherlock, whilst also appearing in films like The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and The World’s End.

Richard III appears at the Trafalgar Studios One in a year that has seen many other high profile shows emerge. The Trafalgar Transformed season continues in October, for example, with Jane Horrocks in East Is East, whilst Another Country ran at the venue earlier in the year with Julian Wadham among the cast members. Meanwhile, Trafalgar Studios Two is the home to shows like The Trials Of Oscar Wilde, Land Of Our Fathers and Not About Heroes, to name but a few.

Richard III runs at the Trafalgar Studios One.

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 25th September 2015
Booking Until: Saturday, 31st October 2015
Show Status: production_closed
Show Schedule
Mon: 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Tue: 7.30pm
Wed: 7.30pm
Thu: 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 11.00am and 3.00pm and 7.30pm
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