Bard’s tale of the pursuit of power

Ian Bartholemew as Richard III at Nottingham Playhouse
Ian Bartholemew as Richard III at Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Richard III is up and running and can be seen at the theatre until November 16.

Nottingham Playhouse’s landmark 50th anniversary season continues with the first major production of Shakespeare’s Richard III since the discovery of the bones of the last Plantagenet monarch just 30 miles away in Leicester earlier this year.

Loveday Ingram directs a cast led by her husband Ian Bartholomew as Shakespeare’s most celebrated villain in one of the most chilling portrayals of political tyranny ever written. This follows Bartholomew’s critically acclaimed performance as Arturo Ui at

Nottingham Playhouse in autumn 2011.

Drawing on forensic evidence that has come to light through the unearthing of Richard’s remains, this production also explores the parallels between the devious king, who is full of paranoia, humour and irresistible charm, and our modern world of political monsters; men who have led campaigns of fear and oppression with seductive rhetoric and persuasiveness, in the pursuit of absolute power.

Giles Croft, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “After his superb performance as Brecht’s Arturo Ui, Ian Bartholomew floated the idea of tackling one of the plays that inspired Brecht’s gripping morality tale, Richard III.

“A play about the terrible use and abuse of power, so resonant today, was an exciting prospect. We confirmed the production ahead of the news that the King’s remains had been found in Leicester, but now it falls to us to deliver the first major production since that historic discovery. “

Tickets to see Richard III are available by calling the box office at the Playhouse on 0115 9419419..