Man slouches in throne on stage

Richard III

William Shakespeare

Richard III completes the cycle of plays covering the War of the Roses. It’s the story of the deformed and jealous Richard, Duke of Gloucester’s villainous plan to take the throne.

Past productions

Our productions of Richard III over the years have included many famous actors playing the title role: FR Benson 1886-1919; John Laurie in 1939; Marius Goring in 1953; Christopher Plummer in 1961; Ian Holm in 1963; Ian Richardson in 1975; Alan Howard in 1980; Antony Sher in 1984; Robert Lindsay in 1998 and Henry Goodman in 2003.

Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.