About Richard III
Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance (Boeing-Boeing, Jerusalem) returns to Broadway in a repertory of two diverse Shakespeare classics, Richard III, a dark study of twisted royal ambition, and Twelfth Night, a wild comedy of mistaken identity and gender-bending. These productions from Shakespeare’s Globe were critically hailed when they played London and will feature such authentic elements from the Bard’s day as an all-male cast, lighting by a hundred candles, the actors preparing their costumes and make-up in view of the audience, and an onstage orchestra playing instruments of the Elizabethan period.
In Richard III, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Rylance), the hunchbacked brother to the king, mounts a relentless and ruthless campaign to ascend to the British throne. Not even his credulous brothers and his innocent little nephews—the princes in the tower—are safe from Richard’s wrath as he murders his way to power.
Three hours (one intermission)
Did you know?
This will mark the first opportunity for Broadway audiences to see Rylance playing Shakespeare. He is regarded by the British press as one of the foremost interpreters of the Bard’s masterpieces. Performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Rylance has won accolades for Hamlet, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and As You Like It.
Richard III is one of the most popular classical roles. Many famous stars have sunk their teeth into the meaty part. Laurence Olivier was nominated for an Oscar for his 1955 film version. Famous Richards seen onstage in New York include John Barrymore, Jose Ferrer, George C. Scott, Al Pacino, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, and Kevin Spacey.
Those who saw Mark Rylance in his Tony-winning performances in a French farce (Boeing-Boeing) and a dark contemporary drama (Jerusalem) will thrill to see him take on Shakespeare’s greatest villain while also playing a female role in a comedy (Twelfth Night) in repertory.
Good for kids?
Richard’s heartless climb to the throne and the long running time are not appropriate for little children. Mature adoloscents and teenagers should be able to handle it and enjoy the theatricality.
Belasco Theatre Location Information:
111 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 to 42nd St./Times Sq. (Broadway)