Richard III (2023)

  • Main Auditorium
  • 26 April 2023 - 13 May 2023

Rose Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres in association with Swinging the Lens

A Rose Original Production

What happens when a person who has been punched down upon all their life, finally punches back?  

Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh shifts the lens on Shakespeare’s most iconic villain Richard III, questioning what we think we know of him, in this blistering new production.

With an original score inspired by traditional folk music from Yeofi Andoh, this rejuvenated staging sets kingdoms and castles amongst May Day parades and Morris dancing (from Bridgerton choreographer Jack Murphy) in a rural Cotswold setting.

Following her acclaimed production of Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, Adjoa Andoh now follows the rise of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in this powerhouse Rose Original Production full of songs, dancing and a dash of murder.











         Is Richard III returning                           How do we make                           Does Shakespeare write                     What is body pathology?
                 to the Rose?                               Shakespeare accessible?                           on a heartbeat?


Discover More

Adjoa Andoh speaks to Nadia Khomami in The Guardian about her production which will consider body pathologising and her experience growing up in rural England. Read more here


★★★★ ‘Adjoa Andoh is extraordinarily expressive in a production with politics to the fore that makes one see the play afresh.’ - Michael Billington for The Guardian on Andoh's Richard II

★★★★ ‘Exciting, fresh-thinking theatre, performed from the gut and piercing straight to the heart.’ - The Times on Andoh’s Richard II


Event details

Running time: Approx. 3hrs, incl. interval
Warnings: Contains depictions of murder and blood

BSL Interpreted performance: Thursday 4 May, 7:30pm
Interpreter: Ali Gordon
Captioned performance: Saturday 13 May, 2:30pm
Audio described performance: Saturday 13 May, 7:30pm
Audio description by Veronika Hyks

Friends night: Thursday 4 May, 6:30-7:30pm, Rose Café
Post Show Q&A: Tuesday 2 May with Adjoa Andoh

Join us immediately after the performance on Tuesday 2 May for a special post-show Q&A session.

Rose Theatre’s Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon, will be joined on stage by director and star Adjoa Andoh, along with select cast members.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with performers and artistic teams from the production and take part in the conversation about this new interpretation of Richard III.





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