Richard III (Public Theater)
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Richard III (Public Theater)

Richard III (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(78 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

A daring new production of Shakespeare's classic, directed by Tony-nominee Robert O'Hara.

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913 Reviews | 929 Followers
1 very long act, American accents/easier to understand, Same old, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a mostly traditional Shakespeare and you know who the characters are supposed to be and their back history. Solid acting

Don't see it if You expect something vibrant and a point of entry to understand an important story.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Typical shakespeare, Well acted

See it if You want to see a standard Shakespeare production and you want to have the experience of going to Shakespeare in the Park. The cast is good.

Don't see it if You want to see an innovative or modernized version of Shakespeare. This is pretty standard.

1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Glorious!, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare or The Public, both are on prime display here with a fresh Richard that is so very inclusive & breathtaking.

Don't see it if You can’t take your Shakespeare how The Public dishes it out…FOR THE PEOPLE…there’s a little something for everyone here. As it should be! Read more

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
Unmemorable, Slow, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you enjoy stories of betrayal, murder, and power—and don’t mind Elizabethan English.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn’t your thing. As is typical with many of his plays, there are many characters and a convoluted plot. Read more

470 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Underrated, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Shakespeare and/or Danai Gurira, both of whom deliver here.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare plays performed amazingly.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
Indulgent, Long, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if love Shakespeare's history plays, want to see a great performance by Gurira, love just being at any outdoor performance even a 3 hour one

Don't see it if want excellent acting all around (the performance of Queen Margaret also excellent). As noted by many others the sign language parts just* Read more

391 Reviews | 133 Followers
Great direction, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if like The Public's take it or leave it approach to tradition. Not every casting pick agreed w/ me, but overall brisk, entertaining, popular.

Don't see it if u root Richard in deformity & are rudderless/uncomprehending without it (despite that most evildoers don't come stamped w/ the mark of Cain) Read more

381 Reviews | 72 Followers
Great acting, Disappointing, Static

See it if I mean, it's free.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for this long in the Delacorte. Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
July 11th, 2022

"These coherently interpreted characters do not add up to a coherent interpretation of the play, which wobbles between shouty polemics and a kind of Tudor snark."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 11th, 2022

"It’s certainly a funny tragedy, full of snide asides from the sociopath at its center, but it’s about as breezy as a tornado. The English duke Richard, through trickery and force, rolls like a juggernaut through his own family, murdering right and left, just to reach the crown....Robert O’Hara’s production has ideas — but it is not rich in those other things, and it lets our focus waver."
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July 11th, 2022

"The play concludes with order restored and the agent of chaos removed; the audience stumbles into the night, the spell of Gurira’s charisma and Richard’s ambition broken, wondering what it is that Shakespeare’s England, and we, just lived through."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 11th, 2022

"Happily for audiences, if not for the many characters who fall victim to his machinations like ninepins, Richard is onstage almost all the time. Ms. Gurira’s performance makes a memorable case for the benefits of nontraditional casting."
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New York Post
July 11th, 2022

"The young Prince of Wales and Duke of York wear glitter sneakers. Those shiny shoes exemplify the primary problem of this production: So much is going on, yet so little is going on."
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New York Theatre Guide
July 11th, 2022

"when Richard steps out into the audience and explains away his wrongdoings, we listen, enraptured, and applaud on cue. It's the most clever bit of staging in this nearly 3-hour production, which doesn't shed much new light on the 600-year-old play, but is well designed and provides a worthy talent showcase for its actors."
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July 11th, 2022

"Admittedly, not all these disparate-sounding choices add up, and those of us searching for the why in O'Hara's staging will probably come up empty-handed. But I found this 'Richard III' properly thrilling. My kingdom for more nights like that."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 11th, 2022

We've had some great productions of Richard III in recent years, along with some really terrible ones, but none have been as conflicted as Robert O'Hara's staging at the Delacorte. It's a mass of warring impulses, both high-concept and deeply conventional, eager to make a statement but lacking anything meaningful to say. A handful of strong supporting performers do their best to keep this rudderless ship on course, but nobody should have to work that hard, not on a warm summer's night in Central Park.
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