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Richard III
1
nomination


Theatre: Belasco Theatre
Opening Night: November 10 2013
Final Performance: February 16 2014

Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions/Just for Laughs Theatricals, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jane Bergère, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare's Globe Centre USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions, Shakespeare Road, Shakespeare's Globe

Richard III

1 Nomination

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Richard IIIAngus Wright (left) and Mark Rylance in Shakespeare's Richard III. In the background: John Paul Connoly and Joseph Timms.
SUMMARY

Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king’s son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews – the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those – the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays – who dare to raise a voice against him. Performed in repertory with Twelfth Night, and presented in the custom of how Shakespeare’s plays were first staged, with an all-male company playing male and female roles; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles.

HISTORY

Dating from the last decade of the 16th century, The Tragedy of King Richard III is believed to be one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, and is one of his most frequently-performed historical dramas. It has been produced on Broadway many times. This production originated in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which is located near the site of a playhouse in which many of Shakespeare’s plays were first staged.

TRIVIA

  • Samuel Barnett, who plays Queen Elizabeth, received a Tony Award nomination in 2005 for Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Mark Rylance, in the title role, is a two-time past Tony-winner. His wife, Clare van Kampen, composed the music for this production, which is played on Elizabethan instruments.
  • The remains of England’s hunchback monarch were lost for centuries, as he died in battle and was vilified by his Tudor successors. In February 2013, a skeleton found beneath a parking lot in Leicester was determined to be Richard’s.

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