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Richard III (A One Woman Show) (FringeNYC)

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Members say: Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Richard III. An Audience. Anything can happen. What part will you play? Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater presents their multi-award-winning one-woman show in its US premiere. "In a league of its own" ***** - Broadway Baby More…

Categories: Solo Show, Drama, International. From Brite Theater. Written by William Shakespeare, adapted by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir and Emily Carding. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir.

Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated, as you the audience take on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you…but will you survive?

“A dazzling performance” **** The Stage
“In a league of its own” ***** Broadway Baby
“It packs a powerful and subversive punch” **** The List

Touring internationally and throughout the UK since May last year, this electric and innovative adaptation of Shakespeare's classic has thrilled audiences and reviewers alike. From winning all three awards at Prague Fringe 2015 to selling out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, this 'immersive' and 'captivating' performance just keeps on attracting attention and esteem. It's more than a one-person show, it's an opportunity for the audience to be part of Richard's court and they have responded with passion and vigour fit for the king.

The show started its journey in director Kolbrun Sigfusdottir's hometown of Reykjavik, where she and Emily Carding worked in residency at Tjarnarbio Theatre, creating a new adaptation of the play. Since May 2015 our immersive take on Shakespeare's masterpiece has travelled to Prague, Plymouth, Bristol, Edinburgh and most recently Rome, Verona, and Brighton, with Act Alone festival in Iceland just before we bring the show to New York Fringe this summer, for its US premiere.

Member Reviews (16)


Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love unique Shakespeare adaptations and masterful acting.

Don't see it if You don't like interactive theatre.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are comfortable enough with yourself to sit close to an actor embodying one of the most wretched, murderous narcissists in history.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist without game or a sense of humour.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if you love creative interpretations of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're a dud who doesn't go for iambic pentameter and unparalleled acting skills

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You want to challenge your knowledge of the Bard.

Don't see it if You're locked into the idea of how things should always be done.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Funny

See it if You want to see an original approach to the play and don't mind a small amount of participation.

Don't see it if If you are a Shakespeare purist and hate interactive theater.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Audience participation where you are in the play but not in too deep. Delightful interplay. Also Shakespeare in an hour.

Don't see it if you must have the full Shakespeare in classical form and can't live with playful variations

Clever, Original, Fun, Intelligent, Intimate

See it if you want an original take on Shakespeare in an intimate setting; you enjoy interactive theatrical experiences; you want to laugh.

Don't see it if you are made uncomfortable by audience involvement or don't enjoy Shakespeare.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love Shakespeare and are looking for an original take on a brilliant classic.

Don't see it if You dislike audience participation or have trouble with Shakespeare. It can also be confusing if you're not familiar with the original.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like shakespeare and you like being put under spotlight (a little, not too much) and you want to feel weird laughing

Don't see it if you are expecting a lot of intensity and discomfort - I wish it had been more of this

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like Shakespeare intelligently and creatively performed. You don't believe she can pull it off--because she can!

Don't see it if You are with a young kid. It moves fast and furious, and a kid will have trouble following it unless they already know Richard III.

Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you love Shakespeare done well and in a wholly new way.

Don't see it if English accents or iambic pentameter cause you trouble.

Thought-provoking, Original, Masterful, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you want the story of Richard III to come to life in unimaginable ways. The play became deeply personal for me, as it never has before!

Don't see it if you need the 4th wall. I would urge you to go, even if you think you don't like audience involvement. It will change the way you think.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare, and especially if you like Shakespeare but have a limited attention span

Don't see it if you'd be too painful embarassed to participate

Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like being challenged. Carding masters the art of performing to while interacting with members of her audience. Beautifully intense.

Don't see it if you prefer to have the performer onstage while you sit safely on the other side of the fourth wall.

Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Original, Riveting

See it if you like when the 4th wall shatters

Don't see it if you are afraid of being part of a show

Delightful, Entertaining, Riveting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to experience a fresh approach to Shakespeare as you are drawn into the heart and soul of the tormented king... Wonderful !!!

Don't see it if Want to make the sad mistake of missing an opportunity to see an absorbing and interactive approach to Shakespeare up close and personal.

August 19th, 2016
"There I was, among two dozen audience members assigned to play the other characters opposite Emily Carding, who takes on the title role in this British import. We did not have to memorize lines or even repeat them, given that Ms. Carding essentially used us as human props in the hourlong monolog...
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August 18th, 2016
"This is 'Richard III' stripped down to its barest element—the connection between audience and actor. When Richard and the audience click, it’s electric. Emily Carding has the power to change the tone of the room with just the look of an eye...Though it has a bit of a shaky start, 'Richard III (A...
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August 16th, 2016
"Emily Carding plays the infamous Richard III with insight and intelligence, and nails his unique blend of malice, sociopathy, and charm...but what makes the show truly shine is its interactive quality…Carding handles the variety of reactions masterfully throughout, maintaining focus on Richard a...
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August 17th, 2016
"Shakespeare’s most calculating villain does all of the talking while keeping the deadly matter of succession fun. In addition to being a good host, Richard is also a great storyteller...A monologue version of ‘Richard III’ works well to start with because he always lets the audience in on what h...
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