12-21-2017, 07.30 – 10.15   > Ticket

With French surtitles

Richard III.

by William Shakespeare
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier


Translation and version by Marius von Mayenburg

Richard is hideous. Born prematurely, he is a deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple who, on the battlefields of the Wars of the Roses – which flared up after the death of Henry V – served his family and above all his brother, Edward, well. Now Edward is king, thanks to a number of murders carried out on his crippled brother’s own initiative. But the end of war brings Richard no peace. His hatred for the rest of the world, to which he will never belong, lies too deep. And so he does what he does best and kills some more, clearing away every obstacle that lies in his path to becoming king. If fate prevents him from being part of a society of those blessed by good fortune, he will at least lord over them. He plays off his rivals against each other with political cunning, unscrupulously exploits the ambitions of others for his own ends and strides spotless through an immense bloodbath until there is no one left above him and the crown is his. But even this triumph, purchased with the death of enemies, allies and relatives alike, still fails to heal the great insult nature has visited upon him. Alone at the apex of the English kingdom, deprived of all his adversaries, he now turns his rage on his true nemesis – himself.

»Richard III« is one of Shakespeare’s earliest works, first performed around 1593. But until this day the title character has lost none of his fascination. His allure lies first and foremost in his unbridled, single-minded, gleefully exhibited amorality. Richard is the first in a line of Shakespearean villains whose moral autonomy and virtuoso art of manipulation appear to be schooled by Machiavelli’s »The Prince«: Iago in »Othello«, Edmund in »King Lear« and the Lady in »Macbeth«. But the play does not just restrict itself to the demonization of a psychopathic spree-killer. It is also the portrait of a power elite torn asunder by internal strife, out of whose midst a perverse dictator emerges.

>>> Essay about the production in Pearson's Preview: Celebrating Evil: Richard III at the Schaubühne.

Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
Costume Design: Florence von Gerkan
Collaboration Costumes: Ralf Tristan Sczesny
Music: Nils Ostendorf
Video: Sébastien Dupouey
Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
Light Design: Erich Schneider
Puppets: Ingo Mewes, Karin Tiefensee
Puppeteers Training: Susanne Claus, Dorothee Metz
Fight Choreography: René Lay

Richard III: Lars Eidinger
Buckingham: Moritz Gottwald
Elizabeth: Eva Meckbach
Lady Anne: Jenny König
Hastings, Brakenbury, Ratcliff: Sebastian Schwarz
Catesby, Margaret, First Murderer: Robert Beyer
Edward, Lord Mayor of London, Second Murderer: Thomas Bading
Clarence, Dorset, Stanley, Prince of Wales (as puppet): Christoph Gawenda
Rivers, York (as puppet): Laurenz Laufenberg / Bernardo Arias Porras
Drummer: Thomas Witte

Duration: ca. 165 minutes

(without interval)


Tour Dates

Avignon (July 2015)
Craiova (April 2016)
Harbin (June 2016)
Tianjin (July 2016)
Edinburgh (August 2016)
Stockholm (September 2016)
Hongkong (December 2016)
London (February 2017)
Adelaide (March 2017)
Clermont-Ferrand (April 2017)
Mailand (May 2017)
Paris (June 2017)
New York (October 2017)