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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)


Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting
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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.

Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Rock solid Druid production with many inventive flourishes and some spectacular acting, particularly from Aaron Monaghan and the ladies

Don't see it if It’s long and has some intermittent lulls

Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great Irish theatre company at the height of their craft.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare.

Also I've seen many a production of Richard III over the years, including s... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Bloody but not chilling, too many comical double-takes, surface spectacle but little depth

See it if you are looking for shakespeare spoken with clarity & want richard III to be both 100% villainous & comedically likable at the same time

Don't see it if you find shakespeare boring (duh), you're confused by double & triple casting & you're turned off by murderous ambition portrayed for laughs

Also aaron monaghan throws everything in his actor's arsenal into his portr... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Pace yourself,

See it if Caffeinate yourself and become immersed in 3 hours of Shakespeare at its finest, in power hungry quest for royalty.

Don't see it if You have trouble with Shakespeare period writing, and if so, it will be a sign of the winter of your discontent.

Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Shakespeare presented by a masterful theatre company (Druid) which is faithful to the original text.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare or the history plays.

Also This is a definitive interpretation. The set, staging, casting, direct... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an updated Richard III. Druid offers us a villain surrounded by strong women defenseless against the politics of the day

Don't see it if Looking for something light. This is a tragedy in every way. There is wit and humor, but it’s dark

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A darkly atmospheric Richard III with a Richard with flashes of humor.

Don't see it if A three-hour play is too long.

Also For me, the essence of Richard III is that he is amused by his clevern... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see how Shakespeare should be done.It's exquisitely executed from beginning to end with no short feat by its outstanding Richard

Don't see it if 3 hours of Shakespeare by actors with Irish accents would be difficult for you. Even so, it's entertaining and adventurously staged.

Also Aaron Monaghan stunned me in Waiting for Godot at White Light last yea... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy excellent performances performances from veteran actors from Ireland

Don't see it if you don't like classic dramas

Masterful, Exquisite, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare it doesn’t get any better!

Don't see it if Shakespeare is too highbrow for you

Overrated, Great acting, Banal, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Great acting, ,costumes ,and scenery but this production takes away from the power of the play.

Don't see it if If you really enjoy Richard the Third, you will not feel emotionally connected to the characters.

Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you love Shakespeare and want to see a rare, and very well performed, almost complete text performance of one of his greatest plays.

Don't see it if you don't like to listen to dazzling word play clearly delivered at fencing speed or really inconsistent costuming or staging upsetting.

Masterful, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like non-traditional Shakespeare and great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like stage violence or long Shakespeare plays.

Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Love innovative sets, masterful staging and effects, and top notch Shakespearean actors

Don't see it if Don’t like Shakespeare, dark plots. Only like musicals/comedies

Also Very impressive version with easy to follow dialogue and impeccable ti... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if What a time to discover Show Score! Wow was this production incredible. The leading actor was masterful and the direction so clear.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your cup of tea. And that's okay.

Also The history plays have always been my favorites but then production tu... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky elements, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if dark historical drama with gallows humor; great performance by Monaghan as the scheming Richard - wise cracking especially in Act I*

Don't see it if don't want battle scene (although excellent); fun incongruous elements - the poles of the tents, the executioner's weapon**

Also *and performed bent over on crutches throughout.... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Grand acting, Clever, Mordant

See it if You love Shakespeare done right- witty, emotive, smacking of danger. Great, spare staging & Richard! Sly, winning, definitively narcissistic

Don't see it if This is a 3 hour production and if you sit in the first 4 rows you have to look up at the stage.

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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