A new revival of two of Shakespeare's most popular plays? Sounds like a good idea to me. Richard III and Twelth Night which recently played a sold out engagement in the West End are coming to Broadway this fall in a brand new production starring two-time Tony Award winner Mark Ryalance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing). Both shows are scheduled to play a sixteen week engagement at the Belasco Theatre with Twelth Night beginning performances on October 15 and Richard III set to begin on October 19. Opening night for both is set for November 10. As of now the last performance is scheduled for February 1, 2014 but if reviews are good I would not be surprised if it extends. We shall see. Now believe it or not but in all the years that I have lived in New York I have never seen one of his plays. I guess I need to get out more. Therefore here is a synopsis of Richard III from the shows official website. Enjoy.
Direct from a sold-out run in London's West End, the critically-beloved, Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III come to Broadway for a 16-week limited engagement. Two of The Bard's finest plays are performed in repertory by a remarkable cast featuring two-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing), Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Wilde, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Tony Award nominee Samuel Barnett (The History Boys). These classics are presented in the custom of how Shakespeare's plays were originally staged, with an extraordinary all-male company playing male and female roles; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles, adding to the intimate and authentic atmosphere.
This is delightfully funny, timeless Shakespeare at its absolute finest, and it is not to be missed! Richard Duke of Gloucester (Mark Rylance) is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king's son; now all that stands in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews - the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those - the women he wrongs; the henchmen he betrays - who dare to raise a voice against him. Monstrous, but theatrically electric, Richard is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power.
Who knows? Maybe this will be my first Shakespeare show on Broadway. Stranger things have happened. Tickets for the show are now on sale so don't delay. Call now. Get your tickets to see Richard III on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Until next time Shakespeare fans.
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