“Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end.”
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Greyfriars in Leicester has never had it so good. This once humble concrete car park is now forever lodged in our minds as the location where the remains of England’s notorious King Richard III were discovered less than seven months ago.
This amazing discovery has rekindled the public’s imagination about the last Plantagenet King, and what role he played in our country’s history. No doubt too has it sparked a renewed enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s eponymous play amongst the professional theatre community, nationally and internationally.
This has certainly been the case for Changeling Theatre, and we are delighted to be bringing our unique version of the play to stunning outdoor locations across Kent this Summer.
However, as artistic director Rob Forknall explains, the topical nature of the choice of play was by luck rather than judgment:
“I’ve wanted to do Richard III for years, it’s by far my favourite Shakespeare. But our decision to tour it this year was made before the real King’s remains were discovered in Leicester last August.
“Every year we ask our audiences to choose which Shakespeare they would like us to stage the following Summer. Clearly our audiences were ready for some blood and villainy, as the majority chose Richard.”
Shakespeare’s Richard III is famous for its Machiavellian and deformed protagonist whom everyone loves to hate. It is a dark, witty and entertaining tale of ruthless ambition, which centres around the rise and fall of the jealous and ambitious Richard, from his beginnings as the hated younger brother of Edward IV to his crowning as King of England, sharply followed by his ultimate demise on the battlefield of Bosworth.
“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York”
Set in a gothic world of murder, plots and intrigue, Changeling Theatre’s Richard III will be playing across Kent in July and August this year, in venues as diverse as Maidstone United’s football ground, Margate seafront and Biddenden Vineyard, to the grandeur of historic settings such as Dover Castle, Eastwell Manor and Boughton Monchelsea Place.
Changeling Theatre’s production will feature a brilliant ensemble cast, original music and the company’s renowned directorial twist. It promises to be an experience not to be forgotten!