From car park to Playhouse for king

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The first major production of Shakespeare’s Richard III since the infamous king’s skeleton was discovered in Leicester is in rehearsal at Nottingham Playhouse.

Continuing the theatre’s landmark 50th anniversary season, the play is being performed from this Friday, 25th October, until 16th November.

Noted director Loveday Ingram directs a cast led by her husband Ian Bartholomew as Shakespeare’s most celebrated villain, in what is one of the most chilling portrayals of political tyranny ever written.

Bartholomew’s appearance follows his critically acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui at the Playhouse in autumn 2011.

Drawing on forensic evidence that has come to light through the unearthing of Richard’s remains, this production also explores the parallels between the devious king, who is full of paranoia, humour and irresistible charm, and our modern world of political monsters - men who have led campaigns of fear and oppression with seductive rhetoric and persuasiveness, in the pursuit of absolute power.

Giles Croft, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “We confirmed the production ahead of the news that the King’s remains had been found in Leicester, but now it falls to us to deliver the first major production since that historic discovery.

“I cannot think of anyone better suited to portray the full force of Shakespeare’s charming, malevolent villain than Ian, supported by the superb cast Loveday Ingram has assembled.”

The production is designed by award-winning designer Simon Higlett and lit by Mark Jonathan.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 – £27.50.