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David Hywel Baynes returns to Covent Garden to play Richard III

David Hywel Baynes as Brutus in Julius Caesar

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FOLLOWING his acclaimed performance as Brutus in last year’s Julius Caesar, New York-based David Hywel Baynes is returning to Covent Garden to play the title role in Iris Theatre’s production of Richard III, which runs at St Paul’s Church from June 25 to July 25, 2014.

In this open-air promenade production directed by Iris Theatre’s Artistic Director, Daniel Winder, England’s War of the Roses and Shakespeare’s greatest villain will be brought to one of London’s busiest public spaces.

As they journey with the story and move location round the grounds and inside the church itself, audiences will be drawn deep into the heart of this dark and dangerous conspiracy.

David Hywel Baynes’ previous Iris Theatre credits include playing the Queen of Hearts and the March Hare in Alice in Wonderland, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cloanthus in Dido and Aeneas, Chief Weasel in Wind in the Willows and Abraham in Romeo and Juliet.

Director Dan Winder said: “In Romeo and Juliet, the first Iris production David appeared in, he had just one line. I have since cast him and watched him grow into a fantastic, mature actor who this year gets to play the lead and will be in almost every scene! David is a highly skilled physical actor, and I’m particularly excited to see what he brings to that specific challenge of playing Richard.

“With the recent discovery of Richard III’s body under the tarmac of a Leicestershire car park, the story of Richard has never been more prominent in our imaginations and so there is no better year to explore Shakespeare’s Richard; one of his most beguiling and magnetic Kings.”

Tickets: £18, £14 concessions – available online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes.