Teenage Dick

Teenage Dick

As winter formal gives way to glorious spring fling, Richard – the class loser – lusts for power at Roseland High.

“The critics more modest in their praise for this latest piece at the Donmar but our users have absolutely loved it. Teenage Dick is a clever re-write of Shakespeare’s Richard III. It's darkly funny, highly original and set amongst the brutal politics of an American High School. It was a New York Times critic’s pick when it opened in New York last year so maybe our users are more in touch with with the Americans than our own, slightly frostier critics...”


After years of torment due to his hemiplegia, Richard plots the ultimate rise in power: to become president of his senior class. But like all teenagers, and all despots, he is faced with the hardest question of all: is it better to be loved, or feared?

Mike Lew’s darkly comic take on Shakespeare’s Richard III has its UK debut. Donmar Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs a cast including Daniel Monks as Richard.

Critic reviews

Smart relocation of Richard III to an American high school featuring a fantastic lead performance from Daniel Monks

The Stage

Mike Lew’s American update of Shakespeare, directed by Michael Longhurst, captures the king’s complexity

The Guardian

Monks is surrounded by an excellent ensemble and Michael Longhurst directs the entire thing with flair


Back to school for a properly nasty Richard III

Evening Standard

A fearlessly acted, well-intentioned mess

The Arts Desk

‘Richard III’ is reimagined as a high-school drama in this smart, probing play by Mike Lew

Time Out

More plays of this calibre, telling the stories they do, are very much needed and welcome to explore our own ingloriousness

Broadway World

Daniel Monks brings verve to a Richard III in high-school

The Telegraph

A blow away central performance by Australian actor Daniel Monks

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Like a high school student, this shows great promise for writer Mike Lew and his talented cast. ‘A’ for effort but there’s room for improvement in certain areas


A piece which is purposeful and definitely worth the watch

A Younger Theatre

Challenging, witty and intelligent

Financial Times

Monks gives an electric performance as Richard

The Upcoming

Michael Longhurst’s production, which puts its troubled cast in a bouncingly bright design by Chloe Lamford, has “project” written too obviously all over it

The Observer

I grin hard enough to hurt


Mike Lew’s bracingly punchy modern respinning

The Sunday Times

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 6 Dec - Sat 1 Feb, 2.20pm & 7.30pm


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