'Exhilarating, courageous, essential'
The third play of the The Wars of the Roses trilogy, often presented as a standalone drama, depicts the climax of Shakespeare’s great chronicle of the fifty-year conflict between York and Lancaster, between roses white and red.
Ruthlessly ambitious Richard, wicked, mischievous and still in his twenties, murders and betrays his way to power. The tortured, tragic Margaret – abused by Richard as a ‘withered hag’ – is the self-same beautiful princess whose story we have followed throughout these plays. The ghosts that haunt the king before the final decisive Battle of Bosworth Field are all the leading characters of this epic story, returning for their final utterances.
With crushing finality, we witness the very last part of Shakespeare’s gripping saga, the conclusion of his game of thrones.