Our February production will be an abridged version of Shakespeare’sRichard III, directed by Julie Weston. Performance dates will be Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 February 2020 (during half term) and the play will be held at Chestnut Grove Academy.
Richard III, written in 1592-3, was the last in a series of plays about the civil war in England – the so- called ‘Wars of the Roses’, where the God-fearing Tudors finally wrest the crown from their nasty Yorkist enemies.
Richard is the enigmatic villain that audiences love to hate – the deformed, jealous tyrant who killed his nephews, the princes in the tower. The play itself is subversive in the unsettling way the audience are brought in as co-conspirators. And the story of political intrigue and conspiracy, ambition and entitlement does not feel so far removed from current events.
We will stage this play during the decadent inter-war years showing how a mix of political instability and apathy can allow narcissistic and charismatic dictators to flourish.
Barbara Barnes – Queen Margaret
Barbara Jennings – Duchess of York
Doug Dunn – Clarence
Emma Crocombe – Lady Anne
Helen Berry – Catesby
Janina Conboye – Prince in the tower
Jools Hutchings – Brother/sister to Queen Elizabeth and Murderer