What does it look like when a man with no scruples stops at nothing to gain power? If you’re unsure, Richard of Gloucester will gladly demonstrate. What he lacks in looks he makes up for in bottomless ambition, ruthless cunning and rapacious zeal: the crown, at all costs. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can’t bear to own him.
Shakespeare’s mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac’s rampage to the throne — one of his greatest variations on history — remains an irresistible study of villainy and of our alarming addiction to its exploits. Director David Muse returns to STC after his hit production of King Charles III, rendered “more incisively than…in its Broadway incarnation” (The Washington Post).