Shakespeare’s Richard III (Abridged)

Our February production will be an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Richard 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
  • Kate Parry – Hastings
  • Kerry Clarke – Queen Elizabeth
  • Leigh Crocombe – Richmond/Queen Elizabeth’s brother
  • Paul Dagley – Edward
  • Rachel Smith – Murderer/Tyrell
  • Richard Sleath – Richard III
  • Tom Morgan – Buckingham

Details and Booking

Dates: Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 February 2020
Start times: 7.45 (Wednesday to Friday), 3pm (Saturday)
Tickets: £12, £9 concessions on Wednesday and Saturday


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