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Pre Act 1 Scene 1
[Enter GLOUCESTER, solus]
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) stands alone, rocking a cloth bundle 'baby' to the beat of a drum.
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC
Act 1 Scene 1
Richard Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) flicks out the cloth to reveal the 12 year-old Edward aross the stage. Richard then tucks the cloth into his shirt.
Act 1 Scene 2
Anne Villain, thou know'st no law of God nor man: / No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity.
Anne (Hannah Barrie) curses Richard over the body of Henry VI (Chuk Iwuji).
To play the corpse, Chuk took small, shallow breathes so the audience did not see his chest moving,
Richard Here I lend thee this sharp-pointed sword; / Which if thou please to hide in this true bosom.
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) tries to persuade Anne (Hannah Barrie) to stab him. She does - just a bit - and both end the scene covered in smears of Richard's blood.
Richard Look, how this ring encompasseth finger/ Even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) gives Anne (Hannah Barrie) a ring to wear.
Richard Was ever woman in this humour woo'd? Was ever woman in this humour won?
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) talks to the audience after Anne's exit.
Richard's shaved head and leg brace over (rather than under) his trousers are to show he's not ashamed of his deformities.
Act 1 Scene 3
Margaret Witness my son, now in the shade of death
Margaret (Katy Stephens) mourns the death of her son. This photo was taken in the dress rehearsal. It was decided that this skeleton looked too gruesome so the bones used in the show were plain rather than bloody.
Act 1 Scene 3
Clarence As you would beg, were you in my distress a begging prince what beggar pities not?
Clarence (James Tucker) is chased by Lovell (Keith Dunphy) and Vaughan (Nicholas Asbury) who have been sent to murder him.
Act 1 Scene 4
Lovell Take that, and that: if all this will not do, I'll drown you in a vat of malmsey wine!
Lovell (Keith Dunphy) stabs Clarence (James Tucker).
The original line has been changed here for ease of understanding.
(The original line is: 'I'll drown you in the malmsey-butt within.')
Actor James wears a thin plastic bag of blood under his shirt which he bursts by hitting it.
Vaughan How fain, like Pilate, would I wash my hands of this most grievous guilty murder done!
Vaughan (Nicholas Asbury) tells the audience of his guilt. In the background, Lovell (Keith Dunphy) has stabbed Clarence (James Tucker) and is preparing to move the body.
Act 2 Scene 1
King Edward IV Wife, love Lord Hastings, let him kiss your hand; And what you do, do it unfeignedly.
King Edward IV (Forbes Masson, above) forces the reconciliation of Elizabeth (Ann Ogbomo) with Hastings (Tom Hodgkins). To Edward's left, Catesby (Julius D'Silva) holds his oxygen cylinder.
Act 3 Scene 3
Lord Grey Now Margaret's curse is fall'n upon our heads, / For standing by when Richard stabb'd her son.
Elizabeth's sons Grey (Chris McGill) and Rivers (Geoffrey Streatfield) lie dead, after they have been killed (in this production, they were shot).
Act 3 Scene 4
Richard His lordship knows me well, and loves me well.
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) accuses Hastings (Tom Hodgkins) of treason.
Transparent chairs were used so that the audience, who sit on three sides of the stage, always have a clear view.
Act 3 Scene 7
Buckingham Look you get a prayer-book in your hand, and stand betwixt two churchmen
Buckingham has instructed Richard (Jonathan Slinger) to pose in this way. (The clergymen are Nicholas Asbury, left, and Miles Richardson, right.) Richard is wearing a plain shirt to enhance his appearance as an ordinary man.
Act 3 Scene 7
Buckingham I salute you with this kingly title: Long live Richard, England's royal king!
Buckingham (Richard Cordery) appeals to the audience, as if they are citizens, to accept Richard as their king.
Act 4 Scene 2
Buckingham Long live King Richard, of that name the third.
The ghost of York (Clive Wood) looks on at his son Richard's (Jonathan Slinger) coronation. All the ghosts of Richard's victims appear on the first balcony and repeat this line.
Richard None are for me that look into me with considering eyes
The coronation of Richard (Jonathan Slinger).
This line has been changed - the original word is 'considerate' but the meaning has changed over time so 'considering' makes more sense for modern audiences.
Richard I say again, give out / That Anne my wife is sick and like to die
Anne (Hannah Barrie) moves as part of a slow-motion party scene for the coronation. She is utterly in despair - she is powerless to stop Richard.
Act 4 Scene 4
Richard What is done cannot be now amended: / Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) tries to persuade Elizabeth (Ann Ogbomo) to woo her daughter for him.
Act 5 Scene 3
Richmond O Thou, whose captain I account myself, Look on my forces with a gracious eye
Before the battle, Richmond (Lex Shrapnel) prays before he goes to bed.
Henry When the lion fawns upon the lamb, the lamb will never cease to follow him.
Henry (Chuk Iwuji) appears to Richmond (Lex Shrapnel) in a dream and gives him a sword.
This line isn't in Richard III - it has been added from Henry VI Part 3.
Behind them, Richard (Jonathan Slinger) is in his own dream. The falling feathers symbolise the smothering of the princes.
Act 5 Scene 3
Richard I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not.
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) wakes up from his nightmare, confused and upset.
Richard Let not our babbling dreams affright our souls: / Conscience is but a word that cowards use
Richard (Jonathan Slinger) is ready for battle, wearing a flak jacket.
Act 5 Scene 4
The battle scene is staged in abstract slow-motion. Richard (Jonathan Slinger) is carried by Buckingham (Richard Cordery), as his horse. The ghosts from the whole tetralogy are present.
Act 5 Scene 4
Richmond Now civil wounds are stopp'd, peace lives again:
That she may long live here, God say amen!
Richmond (Lex Shrapnel) places the crown on his head. The ghost of Henry VI (Chuk Iwuji) looks on.
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