Richard III

Richard III

‘What do I fear? Myself?’


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.

Critic reviews

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

Financial Times

An accomplished staging of quite a difficult play

A Younger Theatre

Topical vision of extreme political upheaval is assured rather than compelling

Evening Standard

This is an excellent production that fully exploits the dark humour of this extraordinary play

London Theatre

Tom Mothersdale‘s murderous monarch reigns over Ally Pally in Headlong’s thrilling production

Time Out

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

The Times

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

The Guardian

Stylishly staged Richard III featuring a memorably physical central performance from Tom Mothersdale

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 13 Mar - Sun 31 Mar, 2pm & 7.30pm


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