In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal.
His staunch ambition has horrifying consequences when, finding himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, he is forced to answer for his bloody deeds.
This official tie-in edition of Richard III was published alongside director Jamie Lloyd’s new production for his Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, London, in 2014. It starred BAFTA Award-winning Martin Freeman as Richard III and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth.
This volume includes the version of Shakespeare’s text performed in the production, as well as additional material including an exclusive rehearsal diary and an interview with the director.
‘Brash, bloody, exciting… chilling stuff, delivered with the speed and creeping horror of a thriller… ingeniously disturbing’
— Financial Times
‘Ingenious, exciting and alive… snares the attention from the off’
— The Times
‘Highly effective… a gutsy, impassioned production’