Almeida Live: Richard III (15 advisory)
The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.
War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.
Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. Olivier-winning director Rupert Goold’s (Macbeth, King Charles III) searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.
‘a masterly performance, full of lethal touches.’
★★★★★ The Observer
‘The sheeplike behaviour of the privy councillors and the political-patronage games portrayed by Shakespeare seldom fail to ring topical bells.’
★★★★★ Daily Mail
‘As up-close-and-personal an encounter with these two acting giants in major classical roles as you’re ever going to get.’
‘[Ralph Fiennes]…can dehumanise his gaze, chill with a reptilian smile. Vein-popping fury is a muscle-memory.’
‘the ever-remarkable Vanessa Redgrave gives us a fresh take on Margaret and her curses.'
★★★★★ The Independent