Lewes Little Theatre to stage Richard III

Booking opens on Monday (March 24) for Lewes Little Theatre’s production of Richard III.

In a year that sees the company’s 75th season and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, it seems an obvious choice. Coincidentally it is also exactly 200 years since the newly-discovered Edmund Kean took London by storm playing Richard III at Drury Lane, unleashing a new ‘naturalistic’ style of performance that has resonated through subsequent generations of actors to the present day. Add to this the recent discovery of Richard’s bones beneath a Leicester car park and it’s a production that is most apposite.

Director Nick Betteridge has cut the Shakespeare folio text to distill the very essence of Richard III into a performance of little more than two hours. He said: “We have enjoyed a very fruitful rehearsal period and bring some fresh perspectives but, more importantly, a clear-cut, exciting production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved history plays.”

Richard III runs from Saturday, March 29, to Saturday, April 5, each evening (except Sunday) at 7.45pm with, additionally, one matinee performance at 2.45pm on April 5.

Tickets can be obtained from the Lewes Little Theatre Box Office, Lancaster Street (01273 474826). Opening hours (Monday to Saturday) 10.30am until 12noon and 7-7.30pm.