Richard III


Shakespeare wrote Richard III around 1592-3.
Explore the links on the left to find out more about the play, and some of our previous productions.

Full synopsis
Read the story of Richard III in plain English. If you don't want to know how it ends, don't read the last section!

Dating the play
Rebecca Brown explains how we know when Shakespeare wrote Richard III.

Stage history
From its first recorded performances in 1633 up to modern theatre and film productions, Rebecca Brown examines Richard III in performance.

Shakespeare's sources
Rebecca Brown presents the historical chronicles and work of fiction which influenced Shakespeare as he was writing Richard III.

Michael Boyd production 2007
Read interviews with director Michael Boyd and designer Tom Piper and view photos from this production of Richard III which played in the Courtyard in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Roundhouse in London.

Productions 1963 - 2007
Performance history expert Rebecca Brown describes a selection of our productions.

Resources for teachers
Extra resources for teaching on Richard III: activity packs and more from RSC Education.

Photo of Jonjo O'Neill as Richard III by Hugo Glendinning.

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