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Richard III. - W. Shakespeare

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Richard III. - W. Shakespeare

History Play in Five Acts ……………....…………...…………..………

New production

In German with English surtitles


Very near to the beginning of his career with almost no stage experience, Shakespeare writes The Tragedy of King Richard the Third and invents a new genre of political theatre together with the three parts of Henry VI that he had written shortly before: the history play.

The York tetralogy is created in the final decade of the 16th century. Just a few years after defeating the Spanish Armada in the English Channel, England is caught up in a wave of patriot­ism and nationalism. It’s worth asking why Shake­speare chooses the War of the Roses, one of the darkest chapters in English history, as his subject at this exact point in time. Barely more than a century had passed since the end of this conflict and so this was recent history for him and his contemporaries. And it’s at this precise moment, under the stable rule of Elizabeth I and in a climate of national euphoria, that Shakespeare confronts his audiences with a story of ruthless power struggles and a nobility in decline, where no price is too high for depraved minds to assert their own goals.

The York tetralogy is created in the final decade of the 16th century. Just a few years after defeating the Spanish Armada in the English Channel, England is caught up in a wave of patriot­ism and nationalism. It’s worth asking why Shake­speare chooses the War of the Roses, one of the darkest chapters in English history, as his subject at this exact point in time. Barely more than a century had passed since the end of this conflict and so this was recent history for him and his contemporaries. And it’s at this precise moment, under the stable rule of Elizabeth I and in a climate of national euphoria, that Shakespeare confronts his audiences with a story of ruthless power struggles and a nobility in decline, where no price is too high for depraved minds to assert their own goals.

With Richard III, Shakespeare frankly portrays the deformations of a society in which a ‘latent, deep layer of cruelty’, as Antonin Artaud put it, breaks forth. This is a sinister but not unrealistic state of affairs and indeed the foundation for the successful reign of Elizabeth I. Still, whatever lies behind the enjoyment we take in closely watching Richard III remains disturbing. What is it that makes us collaborators?

The play will be staged by Karin Henkel, who has won multiple awards and directed a hugely suc­cessful production of Gerhart Hauptmann’s Rose Bernd at the Salzburg Festival two years ago. Lina Beckmann once again takes on the title role.

Karin Henkel Director
Katrin Brack Sets
Klaus Bruns Costumes
Rita Thiele Dramaturgy

With Lina Beckmann, Kristof Van Boven, Elsie de Brauw, Kate Strong and others

Coproduction with the Deutsche Schauspielhaus Hamburg


July 28 - August 7, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
Pernerinsel Hallein


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