Richard III is a historical play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written around 1593. It delineates the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England.
It is the second longest play in the canon after Hamlet and the most significant one, and its political context gives it a wider meaning.
A number of highly recognizable actors have risen to the challenge of portraying the title character including Al Pacino in Looking for Richard, Denzel Washington in Broadway in 1990, Kevin Spacey in a Sam Mendes-directed stage version of Shakespeare's play in 2011, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hollow Crown in May 2016 , Sir Ian McKellen in the 1995 British drama Richard III and Sir Laurence Olivier in the 1955 adaptation of the play.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. By many historical accounts, King Richard III was a malicious tyrant. Whatever he was really like, he's certainly a villain in Shakespeare’s play. He has a ravenous appetite for the throne and plays like a wolfish architect before and after the death of his elder brother King Edward IV.
After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But Edward’s younger brother, Richard, an ugly hunchback, resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become king.
Richard also drafts the proposition to marry "The Lady Anne" – Anne Neville, widow of the Lancastrian Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, whose brother and father he previously murdered, which he thinks is politically strategic.
With Elizabeth, wife of King Edward IV and the princes now unprotected, Richard has his political allies, particularly his right-hand man, Lord Buckingham, campaign to have Richard crowned king. To secure his position, Richard also plans to kill the court noblemen who are loyal to the princes, most notably Lord Hastings, the lord chamberlain of England.
Meanwhile, Henry, the Earl of Richmond is gathering troops and allies in France and leads the rebellion against the House of York so that he can storm England and take Richard down. Will Richard woo and seduce the newly widowed Lady Anne into his clutches, and his bed through his sweet-talks? Will Richard kill off anyone who supports the rightful heirs to the throne? Will Richard put Lord Hastings to death because Hastings was unwilling to support Richard's attempt to seize the crown of England?
Does the “deformity” lie chiefly in the body, or the mind?
Has Richard entirely chosen his blood-stained trajectory, or can we trace it back deep into a damaged past? Will Richard, a really bad guy, who was greedy, brutish and ugly, beat up Richmond to rule England forever?
Critics find Richard’s brief reign – after he has plotted, betrayed, lied, seduced and slaughtered his way to the throne – something of an anticlimax.
William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard the Third is a masterpiece: the depiction of evil that dares us to like the villain and question, as we laugh along with his jokes, why we find such a man attractive.
Come and experience the high-octane bloodshed-emotional extravaganza, the first of its kind of showcase of the play in India in a grand style with elaborate costumes and sets to offer.
Cast: Happy Ranajit, Akshay Sharma,Sonia Mahajan, Simrat Kaur, Harshit Khatana ,Aman sood, Harsshvardhan Chaturvedi, Aditya Sharma, Vaibhav, Bhrigu Vardhan, Ratan,Nikhil Gujjar, Sumit Dubey, Ashwin Pawar