After decades of civil war, the nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history.
Richard was not born to be a king, but he’s set his sights on the crown. So begins his campaign of deceit, manipulation and violence – and he’s killing it.
Yet, behind his ambition lies a murderous desire to be loved.
Tom Mothersdale (The Glass Menagerie; Cleansed; John) returns to Headlong to play Shakespeare’s iconic villain, in a revelatory new production directed by Headlong Associate Artist John Haidar.
Richard III is a co-production between Headlong, Alexandra Palace and Bristol Old Vic with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Oxford Playhouse.
It’s efficient but almost entirely devoid of spark; Ally Pally needs to find better fare if its latest incarnation is to have a viable life
An accomplished staging of quite a difficult play
Topical vision of extreme political upheaval is assured rather than compelling
This is an excellent production that fully exploits the dark humour of this extraordinary play
Tom Mothersdale‘s murderous monarch reigns over Ally Pally in Headlong’s thrilling production
Richard III feels like a by-numbers production – technically flawless, peerlessly acted, but with familiar (tired?) aesthetics and beats, and diminishing returns; too easily shrugged off, never exceeding the sum of its parts
The focus on the man, including his vulnerabilities, is illuminating and at times, especially towards the end, it felt more than a bit Hammer Horror
People come on, people go off and the plot gets told, but more is needed
A spider-like central performance dominates a production that offers charm, hi-tech excess and a spattering of bodily fluids
Stylishly staged Richard III featuring a memorably physical central performance from Tom Mothersdale