After the success 2013 Iris Theatre returns for a 6th year of its celebrated summer season in the gardens of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden with Willam Shakespeare’s Richard III.
On a blood-soaked battlefield the young Prince, Edward of Lancaster, is murdered by the three sons of York; Edward, Clarence and the crook-backed Richard. The War of the Roses seems over; the Lancastrians are crushed; York is finally victorious. But in the shadows of this glooming peace a new darkness grows. In their moment of triumph, conspiracy, murder and intrigue will tear the House of York apart. Friendships will fail, brother will turn on brother, and the innocent will be put to the knife. All must die in pursuit of the hollow crown.
In this open-air promenade production 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 the audience will be drawn deep into the heart of this dark and dangerous conspiracy.
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.