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Richard III - Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HIRAETH Artistic Productions (the critically acclaimed, skinhead inspired Titus Andronicus) is presenting William Shakespeare’s Richard III at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre – from February 4 to March 1, 2014.

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
… And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.

Historical fact meets dystopian nightmare in in this fast-paced and visceral adaptation of Shakespeare’s most infamous play.

Surrounded by the dilapidated remains of England’s once grand court, Richard, Duke of Gloucester has high hopes for the crown.

After murdering the King, Richard and Clarence aid their older brother Edward into the throne and thus their family, the House of Yorks into power. However it isn’t long before Richard’s jealousy and his own unshakable ambition set into motion a rampant trail of backstabbing, plotting and slaughter.

Richard will be king … even if he has to kill for it.

The production is directed by Zoe Ford and designed by Nadia Malik.

Tickets: Tuesdays, all tickets £10; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, £14, £12 concessions; Friday and Saturday, £16, £14 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 8340 3488 or visit www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm.