Award-winning actor Mark Rylance takes on one of the most villainous characters in history as the title role in Richard III. This production will run in repertory alongside Twelfth Night as part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s “The Play’s the Thing” season at the Apollo Theatre.
From the Apollo: “Based on the real-life monarch, Shakespeare’s Richard III is a scheming, Machiavellian hunchback who murders anyone who stands between him and the crown. Despite having killed her first husband, he successfully courts and marries Lady Anne. With calculating cunning, he manipulates his way through the court, and he betrays his brothers and loyal advisors on a bloodthirsty and ruthless quest for power.
This new production will feature the same creative team as Twelfth Night, including director Tim Carroll, designer Jenny Tiramani, and composer Claire van Kampen. Performed by an all-male cast, the play will use designs and music inspired by the original Shakespearean productions in the 16th century.”
Mark Rylance will play the title role, after his Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre. He was the founding artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 1995-2005.