Leicester decides if Richard III was hunchback or hero

Published: 13 July 2013
Reporter: Steve Orme

A new play about Richard III called R-3: Hunchback or Hero? will be staged this week in Leicester—the city where the king’s remains were discovered earlier this year.

This one-man show is conceived and directed by Caroline Devlin who directed Richard III in 2012 for Guildford Shakespeare Company in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford.

Co-writer Timothy Allsop plays Richard, a role he also undertook in the Guildford production.

The show uses some of Shakespeare’s text but also challenges Shakespeare’s interpretation of the last Plantagenet king.

R-3: Hunchback or Hero? “creates a previously unheard voice for Richard, more human (although not necessarily humane), vulnerable and personal, shedding light on a less populist history”.

The production will be staged in the Mayor’s Parlour at Leicester’s Guildhall from Monday (15 July) until Sunday, 4 August at 1.30 and 4.30PM, with some exceptions.

Further information is available at www.centrefiveproductions.co.uk.