2 hours and 50 min
Mark Rylance, Samuel Barnett, Roger Lloyd Pack, Stephen Fry, Paul Chahidi
What sets the Richard III production apart is that it has been performed keeping in style with the era it was conceived in. Just like in Shakespeares times (add era) the cast solely includes male actors who play both the male and female roles. Also, keeping in mind early theater practices, the stage is lit with candles only and doesnt make use of any special lighting effects. Over a hundred candles are lit on stage to achieve the dramatic effect required for the play.
Another novel feature of the production is its revival of the custom of actors getting ready for the play on stage as part of the pre show. Additionally, in accordance with the conventional practice of the era, the music is played live using traditional instruments from the time the play was written. All of these and more distinctive features make the show a crowd pleasing production.
The tragic play tells the story of the villainous Duke of Gloucester, Richard. He desires to be the King of England and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. He uses treachery without mercy and is not hesitant in killing even his own brother. In achieving his wish, Richard uses beguile, injustice and cruelty as means to reach the top. What sets this famous villain apart is his charisma with which he has risen to be one of Shakespeares most popular characters.
The play is produced by Shakespeares Globe Company. Well reputed artist, Tim Carroll has directed the production. Music has been given by the companys resident music director and composer, Claire van Kampen. A well known name in the field, she has been honored with a Vero Nihil Verius Award. Also part of the creative team is the Laurence Olivier Award winner, Jenny Tiramani. She has designed the set to the last detail, which is reminiscent of the Shakespearean era.