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Richard III by William Shakespeare

Richard III by William Shakespeare

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  • Fri 13 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Sat 14 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Wed 18 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Thu 19 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Fri 20 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Sat 21 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Wed 25 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Thu 26 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Fri 27 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
  • Sat 28 Mar ’15, 7:30pm
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Elmwood Auditorium, Elmwood Normal School, Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch, Christchurch


All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.70
  • Concession: $23.58
  • Group Concession Ticket: $23.58

Canterbury Repertory Theatre’s 2015 production of William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of King Richard the Third coincides with the ceremonial burial of the remains of the real King Richard III, which were found beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012, more than 500 years after the death in 1485 of the last English king to be killed in battle.

Director Julian Anderson’s concept for the play is “to allow the man to emerge from the propaganda surrounding the king. The idea is to put elements of the Richard that later historians have discovered back into the play and make it, as Shakespeare wrote, The TRAGEDY (note, NOT history) of King Richard the Third”.

No hunchbacked comic villain then, for this production of Richard III. On the contrary, the Repertory cast have been encouraged to explore the nuances of Shakespeare’s text informed by a grounding in established historical fact. Ultimately, the audience has to make up its own mind as to whether Richard really was the ambitious murderer he is often portrayed as, or was he a worthy, maybe even heroic (albeit often misrepresented), king of late medieval England?

Richard's skeleton will be carried on 22 March from the University of Leicester to the city's cathedral via sites including Fenn Lane Farm - thought to be the spot where the king fell at the Battle of Bosworth - and Sutton Chaney, where he took his final mass. The bones will then be reburied four days later on 26 March in a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Please note: seating is by general admission (no seat numbers allocated).

Group booking of 10 or more - concession rate applies!

Concession prices apply to Gold Card holders, Community Service Card & KiwiAble Leisure Card holders, Full-time students (tertiary & secondary) & Under-18s. Proof of entitlement must be presented upon admission.

Special Deal! Ticket holders receive 10% discount on meals & drinks at the Brewers Arms, 177 Papanui Road, Merivale - brewersarms@clear.net.nz

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