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Martin Freeman stars as Richard III at Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARTIN Freeman will play the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. The first production of Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed, it runs at the Whitehall venue from July 1 to September 27, 2014.

Richard III follows Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed first season for Trafalgar Transformed, which included Macbeth starring James McAvoy, The Hothouse, starring John Simm and Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, with Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne.

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Jamie Lloyd, Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed, said:

“I am thrilled to be returning to our transformed space at Trafalgar Studios and am delighted to kick off our second season with Shakespeare’s astonishing power play, Richard III. Last year, through our £15 Mondays scheme, a staggering 51% of the audience was comprised of first-time theatregoers, targeted with the help of organisations like the inspiring Mousetrap Theatre Projects (of which I am now a patron).

“I am confident that, with the brilliant and hugely popular Martin Freeman playing the title role in a provocative production, we will continue to attract a generational mix of theatregoers to our corner of the West End. I have wanted to work with Martin for many years and am sure he will bring something unexpected and unique to this iconic role”.

And Sir Howard Panter, Joint CEO/Creative Director of ATG, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that ATG is announcing a second season of Jamie Lloyd Productions at Trafalgar Transformed. To be opening with Martin Freeman playing Richard III is a tremendous start to what will be a very exciting year”.

Martin Freeman was last on stage in 2010 in the critically acclaimed Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. His other stage credits include Kathy Burke’s Kosher Harry (also at the Royal Court Theatre) and Toby Whithouse’s Blue Eyes and Heels (Soho Theatre).

His television roles include Tim in The Office, Dr Watson in Sherlock and the lead role of Lester Nygaard, alongside Billy Bob Thornton, in the upcoming Coen brothers television adaptation of Fargo. His film credits include Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Richard Curtis’ world-wide hit, Love Actually.