Playhouse plans a right royal treat

Nottingham Playhouse is to stage a production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III from October 25-November 16.

The timely announcement of the play, to be performed in partnership with York Theatre Royal, comes just days after the bones of the last Plantaganet king of England were found under a Leicester car park.

Richard III is one of the great roles in theatre and has been tackled by many celebrated classical actors. Playing the role in this production will be Ian Bartholomew, following his critically acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui at Nottingham Playhouse in autumn 2011.

Giles Croft, artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, explained how the production has come about: “After his superb performance as Brecht’s Arturo Ui, Ian said how much he would like to tackle one of the plays that inspired Brecht’s gripping morality tale, Richard III.

“With such a powerful actor in the title role, we were immediately attracted to the idea and confirmed the talented Loveday Ingram as director. Our audience, having enjoyed Ian’s performance as Ui will be fascinated by the many parallels between the two plays. The discovery of the bones of Richard III has made the prospect of playing the Machiavellian king even more exciting as the discovery will mean that the public are more aware of his life now than ever. Richard III is an irresistible challenge to any actor as he is such a fascinating character with his combination of ambition, cruelty and anger and twisted sense of humour.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to Nottingham Playhouse after the success of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in autumn 2011. The expertise of all involved I’m sure will deliver a production that will be remembered for years to come.”

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