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Richard III


William Shakespeare

15th - 22nd March 2003
Director: Mike Rogerson
Assisted by Peter de la Wyche

Richard III is the last of the four plays in Shakespeare's minor tetralogy of English history: it concludes a dramatic chronicle started by Henry VI: Part I and then moving through Henry VI: Part II and Henry VI: Part III. The entire four-play saga was composed early in Shakespeare's career, most scholars assigning Richard III a composition date of 1591 or 1592.

Culminating with the defeat of the evil King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth field in the play's final act, Richard III is a dramatization of actual historical events that concluded in the year 1485, when the rule of the Plantagenet family over England was replaced by the Tudor monarchy.

It wouldn’t work on the lawn at Gawsworth, but it’s perfect for the intimate space at the Green Room

The Royal House of York
Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III Simon Taylor
George Duke of Clarence, his Brother Steve Williamson
King Edward IV, his brother Jeremy Cleverley
The Duchess of York, their mother Adele Taylor
Edward Prince of Wales, son of Edward IV Matthew Thistleton
The Duke of York, son of Edward IV Toby Jones
Richard's Faction
The Duke of Buckingham Victor Hassan
Sir Richard Ratcliffe Steve Williamson
Sir William Catesby Peter de la Wyche
Sir James Tyrell Geoffrey Martyn
Lord Lovell Dave Midgley
Murderers Graham Yardley
Al Fowkes
The Woodeville Faction
Queen Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV Tracy Burns
Lord Rivers, her brother Geoffrey Martyn
Lord Grey, her son by first marriage Simon Caporn
The Marquis of Dorset, her son by first marriage Tom Thistleton
The Hastings Faction
Lord Hastings Dave Midgley
Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby Eric Smith
The Lancastrians
Queen Margaret, widow of Henry VI Diana Boswell
Lady Anne, widow of Edward Prince of Wales Deborah Taylor
The Earl of Richmond, later Henry VII Simon Caporn
The Clergy and City
Archbishop of York Peter de la Wyche
Lord Cardinal Bourchier Tom Thistleton
Bishop of Ely Graham Yardley
Mayor of London Jeremy Cleverley
Sir Robert Brakenbury, keeper of the Tower Eric Smith
Other parts played by
members of the cast
Stage Manager Jill Damen
ASMs Linda Batson
Prompt Sheila Hine
Lighting Chris Hills
Sound Gareth Davies
Costumes designed and made by
Jacque Bilsborough
Pat Barrow
Properties Christina Theobald
Set Design Simon Webber
Set Construction Simon Webber
Nick Capey
Music Research Chris McClory
Historical Research Peter de la Wyche