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VenueHull Truck Theatre
Other spaces: Studio, The Heron
From4th May 2017
To27th May 2017
When19:30. May 6,13,17,20,24,27 Mats 14:00
What is currently on at Hull Truck Theatre (V935)

Richard III

Or by its full first quarto title of The Tragedy of King Richard the Third, containing his trecherous plots against his brother Clarence: the pittiful murder of his innocent nephews: his tyrannical usurpation: with the whole course of his detested life and most deserved death. Of course, nowadays Richard is seen as much maligned but the image of the hunchback reciting "Now is the winter of our discontent" will remain with us for a long time. Essentially the plot sees Richard assuming the throne after Edward IV and disposing of all those with greater right. He is finally killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field after having pronounced that other great line "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" (shouldn't that be "An horse!"?).
Author Shakespeare

Archive :: production:T01283160118, play:S4765, venue:V935

Production details

This event takes place at The Heron

Special Performances

  • 18 May 17 Audio Described
  • 24 May 17 Captioned

User Reviews

Carol Page (06May17): Much of Richard's dialogue was rushed and difficult to follow .I felt he lacked the sinister power of a truly wicked manipulator , often illiciting laughter from the audience ,instead of lloathing and fear . The supporting cast were convincing though and Bosworth field was brilliantly portrayed .
Ady (06May17): Saw this tonight. Wow ! - I never knew Shakespeare could be so dynamic and un-stuffy. No hiding behind lavish sets, the cast make this "minimalist" staging electric. Percussion is used, both clogs (or tap-shoes) and giant drums , providing thundering crescendos to Richard's nightmares, and also for the final battle on Bosworth Field. The soldiers march on, all playing drums, and each thrust of the fight is played out by the drummers ! My heart was pounding in my chest, knowing what Richard had coming to him. Then, after his death, the whole cast sing a short choral piece introducing Richmond's last speech and "Amen" at the end; I had a tears in my eyes. Ruddy Fantastic !! Well Done, Hull City of Culture. You have really "done us proud" with this ! I shall make more of an effort to see more theatre shows like this. Ady.


Producer Hull Truck Theatre
Producer Hull 2017
Company Northern Broadsides
Director Barrie Rutter
Design Neil Murray
Lighting Malcolm Rippeth
Musical Director Conrad Nelson
Other Kay Burnett (production manager)
Stage ManagerJen Hirst
Stage ManagerAilsa Bonner (deputy stage manager)
Stage ManagerShona Wright (assistant stage manager)
Performer Mat Fraser (Richard III)
Performer Catherine Kinsella (Lady Anne)
Performer Ruth Alexander-Rubin (Elizabeth)
Performer Luke Adamson (Catesby)
Performer Matt Connor (Buckingham)
Performer Jim English (Murderer/Prince)
Performer Dean Whatton (Murderer/Prince)
Performer Matthew Booth (Brackenbury/Ratcliffe)
Performer Richard Standing (clarence/Major)
Performer Christine Cox (Duchess)
Performer Roy North (Hastings)
Performer Ben Wright (Rivers/Bishop/Richmond)
Performer Jason Furnival (Stanley)
Performer Barrie Rutter (King Edward)
Performer Max Gallagher (Dorset)
Performer Flo Wilson (Margaret)
Performer Brian Swallow (drummer)
Performer Ian Marriot (drummer)
Performer Paul Poulton (drummer)
Performer Roger Hodds (drummer)
Performer Diana Tanase (drummer)
Performer Pritti Mistry (drummer)
Performer Dave Ellis (drummer)
Performer Mel Samuel (drummer)
Performer Sylvia Hodson (drummer)

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