Richard 3

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Bell Shakespeare presents presents

Richard 3

Richard is hideous. And Richard was born knowing that he would one day be a ruler.

His hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His brutal mind breeds brutal times when not even children are safe.

Award-winning actor Kate Mulvany (The Literati and Tartuffe) will embody one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written. First performed around 1593, Richard 3 is the portrait of a Machiavellian psychopath, a cold-blooded and dastardly manipulator who slaughters his family, marries his victim’s widow and eventually betrays his allies, all in his quest to become king.

Artistic Director Peter Evans continues to daringly reimagine Shakespeare’s works with a boldness and unexpectedness that will leave audiences breathless. The blood-soaked and naked ambition of Richard 3, who leaves scores dead and only the ghosts to whisper the truth, will be a truly thrilling night at the theatre. This dark and visceral production is not to be missed.


By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Composer Steve Toulmin
Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Movement & Fight Director Nigel Poulton
Dramaturg Kate Mulvany
Voice Coach Jess Chambers

Kate Mulvany
Gareth Reeves
Ivan Donato
Rose Riley
James Lugton
Meredith Penman
James Evans
Sandy Gore
Timothy Dashwood
Sarah Woods


20 April – 7 May 2017

Thursday 20 April, 7:30pm

Evening Performances
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30pm

Matinee shows
Saturday 2pm
Sunday 4pm

Morning show
Thursday 4 May, 11am

In Conversation Event
Sunday 23 April, 1pm

Captioned Performance
Saturday 29 April, 2pm

Duration: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes (including 20 minute interval)


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Price range

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Premium: $45 – $92

A Reserve: $40 – $70

Preview: $45

Morning: $30

Concession applies to any Seniors or any means tested Australian pensions (Aged Disability, Veterans’ Affairs, Health Care, Job Search, Supporting Parent), Full-Time Students and MEAA members. UNDER 18 - prices are available to those born in 1998 or younger. Limit 4 per transaction.

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This performance contains haze and strobe effects, simulated smoking, nudity and graphic scenes.