Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (King Charles III, The Merchant of Venice, Medea) brings Shakespeare's most notorious villain to the Almeida Theatre with a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes as Richard and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.
'Ralph Fiennes portrays a nightmare monarch in all his brutality'
'This production’s nagging sense that political ambition is underpinned by falsehood resonates powerfully'
“Richard III is the ideal play for these post-facts times, where rhetoric is no longer anchored to reality and fear is the prevailing political currency. Across the pond a demagogue threatens to hijac ...
“can’t help but feel this play should have a bit more to say”
“it was impossible not to feel the links between past and present; the way moral ugliness can sometimes prevail”
The crippled yet ruthlessly ambitious Richard is a wicked man, full of mischief, murder and betrayal, as he works his way up the ladder of royal power; Redgrave appears as a tortured, ageing and tragic Margaret of Anjou who is abused at his hands as a "withered hag" (delightful!). The steady stream of murder and lust for power lead to an epic confrontation on the battlefield at Bosworth, where his incredible hubris finally leaves him cold.