Richard III in History and Drama

Dig Deeper: Richard III

Wednesday 6 November, 6.15pm - 7pm

Ustinov Room

45 Minutes


Free event – simply book your place by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419*

Dig Deeper is a series of fringe events designed to complement the main performance of Richard III

This talk will be delivered by Dr Sarah Knight.

Many different versions of Richard III exist in late fifteenth and sixteenth-century history and literature, from Shakespeare’s famous ‘hunch-backed toad’ to a monarch apparently respected by foreign visitors, from John Rous’s Antichrist-like figure to George Buck’s ‘not deformed’ King. Dr Knight’s talk will explore changing representations of Richard in historical sources and plays, examining how the Greyfriars dig has changed our knowledge of this complex, elusive character. Shakespeare’s play, written in the early 1590s, is a virtuoso example of how history and drama can vividly overlap; The Tragedy of King Richard III illuminates how historians use literary and rhetorical techniques animate their chronicles, and what playwrights borrow from historians.

Sarah Knight is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature in the School of English, University of Leicester. Her academic background is in Classics and English. She taught Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ to first-year English students for several years as one of the set texts on the Renaissance Drama module, and organises battlefield rhetoric workshops with 1623 theatre company and Lostboys Productions for Leicester students at the Bosworth Heritage Site every year.

*These events cannot be booked online and are only available to people who have booked to see a performance of Richard III.

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