The king gets ready to do battle

Monday 21st October 2013

An irresistible challenge

Opening on Friday, Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal are delighted to present the first major production of Shakespeare’s Richard III since the skeleton of the last English king to die on the battlefield was discovered.

See the trailer

Playing Richard is Ian Bartholomew. Ian last performed here in the critically acclaimed production of Bertolt Brecht’s gripping morality tale, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Arturo Ui achieved four star reviews in The Guardian, The Times and The Independent. The Stage hailed it ‘as close to theatrical perfection as anybody has a right to expect’.

Ian’s theatre credits include performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic and many more. His television work includes: Spooks, South Riding, The Accused, Thieves Like Us, New Tricks, Minder and Bergerac.

On playing Richard, Ian comments: “The discovery of the bones of Richard III has made the prospect of playing the Machiavellian king even more exciting as it means the public are more aware of his life now than ever. Richard III is an irresistible challenge to any actor as he was such a fascinating character with his combination of ambition, cruelty and anger and sheer twisted sense of humour”.

Dig deeper with Richard III

Find out more about the real Richard III and the Grey Friars Dig which led to the discovery of his remains in this series of pre-show talks which are FREE to ticket holders.

As places are limited please book in advance by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419.

Click here for more information.

On Friday 8 November, our FREE monthly Page to Stage event will focus on Richard III.

Keep up-to-date with rehearsals

Cast member Jim Creighton (Rivers/Brackenbury/Oxford) has been keeping a daily photo blog of the rehearsal process. You can see his photos on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages. Alternatively, you can follow him directly on Twitter @CreightonJim

This production of Richard III explores the parallels between the devious Richard, who is full of paranoia, humour and irresistible charm, and our modern world of political monsters.



Richard III plays at Nottingham Playhouse 25 Oct – 16 Nov and then at York Theatre Royal 19 – 30 Nov.