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DruidShakespeare: Richard III

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Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting

About the show

Part of the White Light Festival, Lincoln Center presents Ireland's Druid Theater Company's darkly comic take on Shakespeare's history. More…

"Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.


Member Reviews (43)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting
86
Avg Score

74
Uneven tone, Uneven acting, Many words lost, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love diff approaches to WS. R3 has gr material (truly evil villain) and he's well played. But much of the supporting cast disappoints.

Don't see it if you want to hear every word, want all strg actors, want intelligent cuts (over 3 hrs). Weird laughs added. Ugly costumes. Drags in parts.

82
Absorbing, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Monaghan's spritely, (!) corrosive Richard dominates this clear, crisp if icy production unless Mullan's fire-breathing Margaret is around

Don't see it if Haynes' tonally dark, incarcerating concept seems fitting for the current times yet feels somewhat distancing & chilly rather than chilling

95
Stunning, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see a clear, intense Shakespeare with a riveting leading performance, also focuses on the women in Richard's life, cynical, relevant

Don't see it if Not a fan of Shakespeare or can't follow Shakespeare's language, some violent images, want a modern dress Shakespeare

Also Aaron Monaghan gives a dazzling, witty, and unbelievably physical perf... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Imaginative, Dramatic, Exciting, Beautifully spoken

See it if you've never seen Richard III. All the complex plotting is clear and dramatically portrayed.

Don't see it if you are bothered by anachronistic staging choices.

92
Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if The Druids invade America with a stunning portrayal of a great Shakespearean king. The lead actor shuns the use of artificial prosthetics.

Don't see it if You are not open to a unique interpretation of Richard's wiles and the execution scenes. The accents are all different and natural.

Also A few years ago I saw the Druids' production of the Shakespeare Kings'... Read more Read less

87
Funny/scary, monaghan's villain is great

See it if This 3 hour Richard III flies by. Aaron Monaghan is perfect as the deformed villain. He uses 2 canes and dominates the stage.

Don't see it if Ranks up there with Mark Rylance on Broadway & Kevin Spacey at BAM. Monaghan played Gogo in Druid's "Waiting for Godot last year. Versatile!

Also Marty Rea, the Catesby, was Didi in "Godot" last year.

90
Unrestrained, Splendid, Fantastical, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Elite talent dares to put on a Richard III for the ages. Screw your narrow experiments & virtuous parsimony—Druid pulls out all the stops.

Don't see it if dislike dark European stuff; prefer quotidian vision, relatable psychology, literal historicity. Irish troupe has cynical view of Engl crown

Also Now that’s my kind of period piece. This is crazy grand! Often funny i... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want great acting especially Aaron Monaghan the lead. Great lighting & sound. An experience. Must like Shakespeare's history plays.

Don't see it if you want action..mostly talk. Hard to follow story, accents difficult, long. Only for fans of Shakespeare's history plays. Slow.

90
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding version of classic, with interesting staging,costumes,lighting.The centerpiece is the marvelous acting of Aaron Monahan and cast

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the Bard's works.This play is 3 hours long, but time goes by quickly.

88
Classic, Slow, Riveting, Intense, Great writing

See it if you want to see one of Shakespeare's best played by a great Irish company in a gorgeous, harsh, mixed modern staging.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take of an enduring, timely classic. But this is a highly competent production with moments of excellence.

Also Even if there's nothing wild or outrageous (as there was in last year'... Read more Read less

85
Clearly delivered, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Aaron Monaghan gives a towering, masterful performance as Richard III that should not be missed.

Don't see it if You cannot abide 3 hours of Shakespeare, even if clear, precise and artfully stages as is the case with this fine production.

80
Intense, Great staging, Riveting, Dark

See it if If you have never seen a production of Richard III before & want to see a masterful production, beautiful but bleak staging, great lighting

Don't see it if you would be bored with all the talk, talk, talk & very little action; cannot focus for 3 long hours...

88
Proficient, Stirring

See it if you enjoy the Bard. Pretty simple.

Don't see it if you...don’t like the Bard.

74
Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Shakespeare. Monaghan's Richard is well acted and while hardly subtle, he is effective. The rest are good enough to carry the drama

Don't see it if you cannot sit for three hours. It is long and at times slow in its repetitive executions. Richard is the only fully realized character

89
Comedic version, Magnificent lead

See it if Aaron Monaghan gives a remarkable performance. Shakespeare's most evil character shines. Great set & effects. 3 hours, moves along quickly.

Don't see it if you'd dislike an anachronistic production, w loud mechanized executions, uneven supporting actors & costumes.

Also I'd never considered Richard III a comedy, but Druid Shakespeare manag... Read more Read less

80
Long, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy historical and/or Shakespearean plays.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of violence.

85
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy intelligent, well-thought out stagings of classic plays, with a great ensemble the makes Shakespeare's words shine with clarity.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy modern staging touches, expect more of a statement from current readings of Richard III, or prefer shorter plays.

80
Great acting, Great writing

See it if /for a relatively straightforward production of Richard III, with good performances by Monaghan and several supporting players.

Don't see it if you can’t sit through a 3-hour play, have no knowledge of English history, or prefer your Shakespeare glitzed-up and modernized.

93
Terrible security/check-in process, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if you love Shakespeare, are a fan of this theatre company, or want to see this classic play done extremely well

Don't see it if you’re put off by the length (it doesn’t feel like 3 hours, trust me) or Shakespeare isn’t your thing

Also One of the best performances of this play, or any other Shakespeare pl... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy interpretations of Shakespeare highlighting the relevance of his works to modern times; masterful acting and amazing production.

Don't see it if You are not into Shakespeare plays or prefer classic staging, interpretation etc

80
Great writing, Great staging

See it if Beautifully staged, compelling acting company whose performers know how to speak Shakespeare's language. Excellent costumes and lighting.

Don't see it if Strident and unrelenting in tone. Violent, but it's Richard III, after all!

85
Masterful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy an intelligent production of one of Shakespeare's historical plays with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing another play by Shakespeare with an odd set and costumes.

Also The setting seems to be in a meat locker and I am not completely sure ... Read more Read less

94
Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy fascinating, absorbing imagery and great acting.

Don't see it if don't enjoy a bit of humor in your Richard III.

84
Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Great performances by cast, engaging, great staging, sound effects, and costumes. Absorbing for most of the 2 1/2 hours.

Don't see it if Might be jarring for some people due to loud sound effects for execution scenes. Seats a little uncomfortable but still worth seeing.

88
Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful and creative production with outstanding acting, especially by Richard III.

Don't see it if you do not care for Shakespeare's historical dramas.


November 10th, 2019
"All the World’s a Grave in the Druid ‘Richard III’: Garry Hynes’s visually hypnotic interpretation of the tale of the crookback who would be king sees medieval England as a cold slaughterhouse."
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November 14th, 2019
"'DRUIDSHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III' Beguiles and Seduces at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival"
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November 13th, 2019
"In Monaghan's interpretation, [Richard] is a startlingly original villain, an expert seducer whose first conquest is the audience…Garry Hynes' staging has a fine appreciation of the unhealed wounds lying underneath England's seemingly placid exterior."
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November 14th, 2019
4/5 stars "One question this excellent production could be asking is whether the preternaturally evil Richard loses his kingdom not because he lacks a horse but because he's lost his sense of humor."
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