Richard III (2014): Jamie Lloyd Productions, Trafalgar Studios
PrRichard III (2014)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Martin Freeman (Richard III); Paul McEwan (King Edward IV); Gina McKee (Queen Elizabeth); Forbes Masson (Hastings); Lauren O'Neill (Lady Anne); Jo Stone-Fewings (Buckingham).
This production ran from 1 July - 27 September 2014.
"Jamie Lloyd's brash, bloody, exciting staging, with Martin Freeman at the helm, flips the tale of murder and Machiavellian tactics into the 1970s corridors of power, where people are despatched amid plates of sandwiches and fax machines. A programme note explains that the updating arose from a jokey conversation about the 1979 British 'winter of discontent'. It's a bit of a stretch from civic unrest and political infighting to murder in the tower, but Lloyd's is not a literal transplantation." ~ Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 10 July 2014, in Theatre Record 2014, Issue 14
"Richard's various murders, not all of which he farms out to thugs Catesby (Gerald Kyd) and Tyrrel (Simon Coombs), have to be played out round the 1970s furniture." ~ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail, 10 July 2014, in Theatre Record 2014, Issue 14
"Simon Coombs is on good form as a blokey Tyrrel" ~ Tim Walker, Sunday Telegraph, 13 July 2014