"And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
to entertain these fair well spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
and hate the idle pleasures of these days."
Forgotten and disaffected with the peace hard won by Edward IV, Richard Duke of York plays the charming, dissembling and inoffensive younger brother with ruthless effectiveness. Through plot, intrigue and murder, nothing can stand in the way of this machiavellian villain.
Our adaptation focused on the dissembling politics of warring factions, rather than the more traditional focus on 'that bottled spider'. The space was our set, the existing doors our only entrances and within the confines of our courtyard location, we travelled the length of the country, eye-witness to the meteoric rise, and sudden demise, of England's most notorious king.