Richard 3

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Richard 3 - The Bell Shakespeare Company 2002

by William Shakespeare

Richard III is a play by William Shakespeare. It was probably written around 1593.[citation needed] It is labeled a history in the First Folio, and is usually considered one; but sometimes it is called a tragedy, as in the quarto edition.[citation needed] Richard III concludes Shakespeare's first tetralogy (also containing Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3); and depicts the Machiavellian rise to power, and subsequent short reign, of King Richard III of England.[1]

It is the second longest play in the Shakespearean canon; and is the longest of the First Folio, whose version of Hamlet (otherwise the longest) is shorter than its Quarto counterpart.[citation needed] The play is often abridged, and peripheral characters removed.[citation needed] In such cases, extra lines are often invented, or added from elsewhere, to establish the nature of characters' relationships.[citation needed] A further reason[clarification needed] for abridgment is that Shakespeare assumed his audiences' familiarity with his Henry VI plays, frequently referring to the latter.

Richard 3 - John Bell, Christopher Stollery, Sean O'Shea, Darren Gilshenan, Anna Volska, David Davides, Paul Eastway, Damien Ryan, Robert Alexander, Blazey Best, Robert Meldrum, Penny Everingham, Paul Denny, Lucas Stibbard, Morgan David Jones

Director Michael Gow
Designer Robert Kemp
Lighting Matt Scott
Stage Manager Peter Sutherland

Playbill / Program Tour 2002

Size 150 x 210 mm 39 Pages

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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