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Richard III

William Shakespeare / Schaubühne Berlin / Thomas Ostermeier
24 - 28 August 2016
The Lyceum

Deeply influential theatre maker Thomas Ostermeier returned to the Edinburgh International Festival with a raw, gritty reimagining of Shakespeare’s unflinching study of evil, in a compelling and critically acclaimed production from Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre.

Richard is a deformed, hobbling, hunchback who has helped his brother Edward to become King with a few judicious murders. But the end of the Wars of the Roses brings Richard no peace. Playing his rivals off against each other, and gleefully killing again, he clears away every obstacle in his own path to the throne.

Thomas Ostermeier is one of the world’s most revered and provocative directors, renowned for drawing stage action and audiences closer together. He remains faithful to Shakespeare’s original, but presents Richard III as both a theatrical thriller and a celebration of evil – of submitting to the inner impulses we usually keep well in check.

This visceral production brings the audience up close to Shakespeare’s charismatic psychopath, darkly comic in his amoral ambitions.

Lars Eidinger, a cult figure in German theatre, is a mesmerising, sometimes shocking Richard, damaged and disfigured, who murders his way to the throne and exposes the mistrust and conflict within the ruling elite.

With ferocious live drumming from Thomas Witte and a stark stage design by Jan Pappelbaum, this is an intensely physical, harrowing Richard III that digs deep into the nature of evil and the craving for power.


[Ostermeier’s] dark, sardonic take on the dangerous power of Richard’s charisma is perfectly realised

Financial Times 

...dazzling and dangerous central performance from cult German star Lars Eidinger

The Scotsman


Contains adult themes and nudity


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  • Language: 
    Performed in German with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours 30 minutes approximately

Venue

The Lyceum

30b Grindlay Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9AX

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Thomas Ostermeier Director
Jan Pappelbaum Stage designer
Florence von Gerkan Costume designer
Florian Borchmeyer Dramaturg
Erich Schneider Lighting designer
Nils Ostendorf Music
Sébastien Dupouey Video

Cast

Thomas Bading, Robert Beyer,
Lars Eidinger, Christoph Gawenda,
Moritz Gottwald, Jenny König,
Laurenz Laufenberg, Eva Meckbach,
Sebastian Schwarz, Thomas Witte (drummer)


More information about some of the artists

Schaubühne Berlin 
Website
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Thomas Ostermeier
Website

Thomas Bading
Website

Robert Beyer
Website

Lars Eidinger
Website

Christoph Gawenda
Website

Moritz Gottwald
Website

Jenny Konig
Website

Laurenz Laufenberg
Website

Eva Meckbach
Website

Sebastian Schwarz
Website

Richard III | The Scotsman

April 30th 2016

...dazzling and dangerous central performance from cult German star Lars Eidinger.

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Review by: 

Joyce McMillan
The Scotsman

Richard III | The Herald

August 25th 2016

a piece that reinvents the play while staying radically faithful throughout

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Review by: 

Neil Cooper

The Herald

Richard III | The Stage

August 25th 2016

Eidinger is a mischievous and magnetic presence, both wicked and divine, charming, volatile, a human firework and a true frontman, master of his own ceremony

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Review by: 

Natasha Tripney

The Stage

Richard III | The Stage

August 25th 2016

Boisterous, wilful, ridiculous, occasionally brilliant, frequently frustrating, this is a roaring Richard.

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Review by: 

Natasha Tripney

The Stage

Richard III | The Times

August 26th 2016

auditorium-filling performance

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Review by: 

Allan Radcliffe

The Times

Richard III | The Scotsman

August 26th 2016

a Richard III that brings our cultural past, present and future crashing together.

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Review by: 

Joyce McMillan

The Scotsman

Image: Arno Declair


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.

Tickets

Grand circle: £32 £25 £17 £10
Stalls: £32 £25 £22 £10
Stalls boxes: £25
Upper circle: £25 £22 £17 £10

Current discounts

Students: 30% off
Senior citizens: 30% off
Unemployed : 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
Under 18s: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off