Young Richard of Gloucester begins his unscrupulous climb to the top. But how does such a tyrant get away with his actions and how can he be stopped?

Young Richard of Gloucester uses the chaos of the Wars of the Roses to begin his unscrupulous climb to power. Despite being manifestly unfit to govern, he seizes the crown, as King Richard III. But how does he do it?

How do we let tyrants get away with it? How do they find their way to power? Why do we buy into it? And how can it be stopped? Richard III is a savagely comic analysis of the exercise of power. It reminds us both of the dangers of tyranny and of our duty not to let it go unchecked.

Directed by Gregory Doran and featuring Arthur Hughes (Vassa, The Innocents, #Sugarwater, Then Barbara met Alan) as Richard, this was the thrilling climax to Shakespeare’s first great history cycle. It ran in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon for summer 2022.

"Conscience is but a word that cowards use"

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Nicholas Armfield - Earl of Richmond /King Henry VII
Micah Balfour - Hastings
Oscar Batterham - Rivers
Claire Benedict - Duchess of York
Kirsty Bushell - Elizabeth
Sophie Cartman - Lady Hastings/ Keeper/ Citizen 3
Callum Coates - Brackenbury
Simon Coates - Stanley
Matthew Duckett - Berkley/ Catesby
Will Edgerton - Tyrrell
Minnie Gale - Margaret
Ashley D Gayle - Edward VI
Conor Glean - Murderer 2
Ben Hall - Clarence
Arthur Hughes - Richard III
Olivia Onyehara - Dorset /Citizen 2
Thom Petty - Ratcliffe
Joeravar Sangha - Murderer 1
Eloise Secker - Mistress Shore /Citizen 1
Rosie Sheehy - Anne
Jamie Wilkes - Buckingham

Creative team

Gregory Doran - Director
Stephen Brimson Lewis - Designer
Matt Daw - Lighting
Paul Englishby - Music
Claire Windsor - Sound
Siân Williams - Movement
Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown - Fights
Leo Flint - Video
Aaron Parsons - Associate Director