Richard III

Richard III

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Stefan Novinski

Opening week: June 22-26, 2016

Continuing Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays from June 28-July 23, 2016 

All shows start at 8:15 pm

After years of civil war between the Yorks and the Lancasters, England is finally at peace under Edward IV and the Yorks. But Edward's younger brother, Richard, dreams of the throne and will do whatever it takes to become king. Charming, intelligent, and physically deformed, Richard manipulates his way into the noblewoman Lady Anne's heart and she agrees to marry him, even though she knows he killed her first husband. Richard has his own brother, Clarence, executed, and shifts the guilt onto the already ill King Edward to speed up Edward's death. Richard becomes lord protector of England - until the elder of Edward's two sons comes of age.

Richard murders his way through those loyal to the young princes, until finally he sends hired murderers to kill the two boys. His reign has caused the people of England to fear and loathe him. When rumors surface that the earl of Richmond - a Lancaster - has begun gathering forces in France to challenge the throne, noblemen renounce loyalty to Richard in order to join Richmond's side.

Richard has his own wife, Queen Anne, murdered so that he is free to marry Edward's daughter Elizabeth and secure his claim to the throne. Elizabeth's mother has other plans for her daughter, however, and promises her to Richmond in secret.

Richmond finally invades England. The night before the deciding battle, Richard has a nightmare in which the ghosts of all of those he killed or had murdered curse him and tell him he will die the following day. Sure enough, Richard dies in battle the next morning and Richmond is crowned King Henry VII of England. He marries Elizabeth, uniting the long warring families of York and Lancaster, and England is at peace once more.