“Brash, bloody, exciting… chilling stuff, delivered with the speed and creeping horror of a thriller… ingeniously disturbing” —Financial Times
“Ingenious, exciting and alive… snares the attention from the off” —The Times
“Highly effective… a gutsy, impassioned production” —Variety
In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal.
His staunch ambition has horrifying consequences when, finding himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, he is forced to answer for his bloody deeds.
This official tie-in edition of Richard III was published alongside director Jamie Lloyd’s new production for his Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, London, in 2014. It starred BAFTA Award–winning Martin Freeman as Richard III and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth.
This volume includes the version of Shakespeare’s text performed in the production, as well as additional material including an exclusive rehearsal diary and an interview with the director.
Jamie Lloyd is one of the UK’s most exciting and successful young directors. Named as a Rising Star by the Telegraph in 2009, he was an Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical for Passion. In 2012 he launched Jamie Lloyd Productions, presenting a hugely successful season of work at the Trafalgar Studios under the banner Trafalgar Transformed. His second season included Martin Freeman in Richard III, one of the most anticipated theatrical events of the year.