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

Richard III (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(89 Ratings)
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Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

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

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311 Reviews | 45 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare & appreciate brilliant acting. Danai Gurira is marvellous as Richard. Always a treat to see performance in the Park.

Don't see it if You don't like the Park and don't appreciate Shakespeare.

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, being outdoors, and long plays (2hrs 40mins).

Don't see it if you don't want to see violence.

596 Reviews | 102 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.

450 Reviews | 148 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

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
Epic, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A wonderful cast of assorted actors brings a new look at Shakespeare’s work. A cast of big and small people, some with disabilities.

Don't see it if Of course, if you don’t like classic plays don’t go.

131 Reviews | 6 Followers
Edgy, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you are open to seeing the play laid out without preconceived boundaries. All good actors get an opportunity.

Don't see it if you can't adjust to change.

1166 Reviews | 464 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

140 Reviews | 39 Followers
Slow, Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you’d like to see Danai Gurira absolutely knock the role of Richard III out of the park. Strong performances all around. Clever staging!

Don't see it if you’re a Shakespeare purist or have a hard time filling in gaps. There are silent scenes conveyed exclusively in sign language. 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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