31 Shaftesbury Avenue
The Apollo Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 6th November 2012|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 10th February 2013|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm|
As part of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s “The Play’s the Thing” season, one of the Bard’s most famous history plays will be heading to the stage with Mark Rylance in a lead role. But the production will not just be confined to that venue as it has been announced that it will receive the West End treatment as well with a run at the Apollo Theatre from November. Rylance will be joining the production upon the transfer, returning him to the venue where he wowed audiences in “Jerusalem”, and director Tim Carroll will also be on hand to guide the show forwards.
“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.
And those with theatre tickets will get a treat as Mark Rylance portrays the famous King, marking his return to the Apollo since appearing in “Jerusalem”, a critically acclaimed play that also appeared on Broadway and at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Rylance’s career has been a strong one, with numerous awards to his name from the Laurence Oliviers and the Tonys to the BAFTAs, plus a tenure as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. His credits include “La Bete” at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), “Endgame” at the Duchess Theatre and “Boeing Boeing” at the Comedy Theatre. Naturally, he has also appeared in numerous productions at the Globe.
“Richard III” appears in the West End alongside another show from “The Play’s the Thing” season at the Globe – “Twelfth Night” with Stephen Fry. Both productions offer an opportunity for London theatre audiences to witness some of Shakespeare’s best known plays.
“Richard III” is at the Apollo Theatre from Saturday 17th November 2012 (previews from Friday 2nd November 2012).