Richard III as portrayed in Shakespeare’s play is certainly not a unique character in history. Regimes such as his, built on lies, betrayal and pointless war – reinforced by phony religiosity and self interest disguised as loyalty and patriotism litter the junk heap of the past and indeed, are certainly with us today.
The relevance of Shakespeare’s work was reinforced in this production by the 20th Century costuming and the minimalism of the stage. We were not distracted from the contemporary message by the trappings of the past.
Director Laura Johnson created a strong and well-acted production featuring Max Rosmarin in the title role.