January 9, 1987 |
His kingdom for a horse! Laurence Olivier directed himself in Richard III (1956), playing the part of Shakespeare's crookbacked, scheming duke. As Olivier embodies the dastardly duke, Richard's ambition is as deformed as his body and his wit sharp as the knife he plunges into the backs of other pretenders to the throne. Because the film co-stars John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, it boasts the triumvirate that ruled British theater during this century. Richard III will be shown Sunday at 1:45 p.m. at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium.
March 31, 2006 |
Lantern Theater's superb production of Richard III fully delivers this fascinating play. Shakespeare's history plays are full of pageantry and spectacle, usually performed with large casts on large stages, but here, the tiny unadorned stage ("two boards and a passion," as the saying goes), gives us intimate engagement with the drama. Imaginatively staged, powerfully acted, and shrewdly directed by Charles McMahon, this is one not to miss. One of Shakespeare's earlier meditations on power, Richard III's plot is immensely complicated by many characters, two royal families, civil war, and many, many murders.
July 12, 2011 |
Who is killing the royal members of Britain's House of Plantagenet? According to Shakespeare's murder-laden Richard III , in free performances this month by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company at parks across the region, it's the title character himself. With the help of hit men, of course. History is not so certain; Richard, who ruled for two years in the late 1400s and endowed King's College of Cambridge, may have been responsible for the murders of the two young princes who were ahead of him in the line of succession, and may have helped deal similarly with several other relatives - but may have doesn't make a good Elizabethan play.
February 6, 2013 |
He never got that horse. Richard III, that is. In Act 5, Scene 4, of Shakespeare's Tragedy of King Richard the Third , it's all going south for the hunchback murderer-king, but he defies fate to the last. "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse," he cries. Turns out he probably did die on his feet, no helmet, cut down by various medieval weapons. Archaeologists, historians, and other experts at the University of Leicester told the world Monday: The bones of Richard III, last Plantagenet king, last English king to die in battle, and delectably admirable Shakespearean villain-hero , have been found.
March 23, 2006 |
Murdering his way to the throne, Shakespeare's hunchback Richard III, the villain we love to hate, is a terrific and terrifying character. Lantern Theater's production of Richard III, in previews beginning tomorrow and opening Wednesday, brings a surprise: Pete Pryor in the title role, directed by Charles McMahon. Pryor is best known for his split-second comic timing and perfect deadpan, with glittering gazes that silently require the audience's complicity. He's eager to essay this "intimidating role," saying, "It's so huge, with so many ideas, but what an opportunity!"
August 22, 1991 |
"Toad," they called him. "Bloody dog. " "Lump of foul deformity. " "Diffused infection of a man. " And no wonder. He had his brother and his brother's two young sons killed. He married his wife after stabbing her husband and her father to death. When the tragedy had finally played itself out, he was responsible for 11 murders. Face it. Making this guy look good is like trying to pass off Hannibal the Cannibal as the Galloping Gourmet. But 20 Philadelphia-area residents think it's worth a try, even though the object of their crusade has been dead for more than 500 years.
September 21, 1990 |
The longing for justice, fairness and truth burns in some with an intensity that can astound those of lesser commitment. So, many newspaper readers must have been amazed to read a paid "In Memoriam" notice that appeared on the obituary pages of the Daily News and Inquirer on Aug. 22 that read: "Plantagenet, Richard. Duke of Gloucester. King of England. A true friend of the Rights of Man. Murdered by traitors this day on Bosworth's Field, 1485 . . . He merits our devoted remembrance.
February 5, 2013
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy. On Monday, scientists announced that they had rescued the remains of Richard III from anonymity. The monarch's fans hope a revival of his reputation will soon follow. In a dramatically orchestrated news conference, a team of scientists from the University of Leicester announced that tests had proved what they scarcely dared to hope - that a scarred and broken skeleton unearthed under a drab municipal parking lot was that of the 15th-century king, the last English monarch to die in battle.
October 26, 1993 |
Conceivably there are some among us who believe that the list of African- American actors who have played Shakespeare begins and ends with Paul Robeson, a grievous misconception addressed by the playwright Carlyle Brown when he sat down to write "The African Company Presents Richard III. " This charming little play, which is receiving its area premiere via a Venture Theater production at Stage III, centers on the first all-black theater company...
September 26, 1996 |
Richard III: He's hot, he's hip, he's hunchbacked. Shakespeare's misanthropic megalomaniac, the man who would be Lady Anne's man, the monarch who would trade his kingdom for a horse, a horse, is a prince of celluloid. And he didn't have to kill anybody to get there. Earlier this year, Ian McKellen scored a critical bull's-eye with his Hitlerian interpretation of the real-life 15th-century English ruler - who will be celebrated here at the annual convention of the U.S. branch of the Richard III Society this weekend - in a brawling film adaptation of the Shakespeare drama, (The Life and Death of King)