Richard III is a story of jealousy, manipulation and deceit based on Sir Thomas More’s unfinished History of King Richard III, (which is largely untrue).
At the end of the bloody Wars of the Roses between the rival Houses of Lancaster and York, the victorious Yorkists look forward to a period of peace under the newly-crowned Edward IV. But Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has other ideas. With breathtaking speed he plots the deaths of all who impede his ambition to be crowned. Siblings, nephews, lords… no-one is safe. He marries Henry VI’s widowed daughter-in-law Anne Neville to secure his claim.
His ascension to the throne throws him into paranoia, dismissing his closest ally the Duke of Buckingham. The murder of his wife soon follows, allowing him to sue for the hand of his niece, the young Elizabeth.
As he descends into chaos news arrives of Richmond’s army being gathered in France. Richmond, from the House of Lancaster, has claim to Richard’s crown. War is inevitable with Richmond’s arrival on British soil, further encouraged by his own marriage to Elizabeth – and so the Tudor dynasty begins.
We are hoping to build on our last two years and repeat having a signed performance in 2018.
Details to follow
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Bringing the Chiltern Shakespeare Company’s summer season to a close, on a warm summer evening we intend to entertain and to charm with sonnets, songs and soliloquies, ditties, duets and ballads, with virtuoso operatic arias and ensembles.
From the 2017 production of Much Ado About Nothing
Photographs by Jack Sain