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Richard III

William Shakespeare
Schaubühne Berlin
Thomas Ostermeier

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Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

  • About

    If attitudes towards the hunchbacked king have softened since he was unearthed from beneath the Leicester car park those waves of sympathy are yet to hit Berlin.

    This blistering, unflinching study of evil from Thomas Ostermeier, one of the most provocative and influential directors in the world, remains steadfastly faithful to Shakespeare’s Richard as the ultimate outsider. Submitting to the inner impulses we usually keep well in check, Lars Edinger’s mesmerising and darkly comic Richard makes The Joker look tame.

    Take the plunge into a visceral, stark and harrowing world. With your adrenalin pumping from drummer Thomas Witte’s ferocious live score you will be brought exhilaratingly close to some of the most extraordinary acting you’ll ever see.

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    When Where Guests
    Wed 8 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Lars Eidinger (Actor, Richard III)


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  • Credits

    Director Thomas Ostermeier
    State Designer Jan Pappelbaum
    Costume Designer Florence von Gerkan
    Collaboration Costumes Ralf Tristan Scezsny
    Music Nils Ostendorf
    Video Sébastien Dupouey
    Dramaturgy Florian Borchmeyer
    Light Designer Erich Schneider
    Puppeteers Training Susanne Claus, Dorothee Metz
    Fight Choreography René Lay
    Translation and version by Marius von Mayenburg

    Richard III Lars Eidinger
    Buckingham Moritz Gottwald
    Elizabeth Eva Meckbach
    Lady Anne Jenny König
    Hastings, Brakenbury, Ratcliff David Ruland
    Catesby, Margaret, First Murderer Robert Beyer
    Edward, Lard Mayor of London, Second Murderer Thomas Bading
    Clarence, Dorset, Stanley, Prince of Wales (as puppet) Christoph Gawenda
    Rivers, York (as puppet) Laurenz Laufenberg
    Drummer Thomas Witte


    Images Arno Declair

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    Festival Forum

    Don't miss the free Festival Forum, hosted by David Marr.

    When Where Guests
    Wed 8 Mar, 12.30pm The Riverbank Palais Lars Eidinger (Actor, Richard III)


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“In all the 70–year history of the Edinburgh International Festival, I doubt if there has been more than a handful of performances as strange, compelling and utterly charismatic as Lars Eidinger’s magnificent reimagining of Richard III... (His) performance comes at the heart of a superb Schaubühne production that features... a blazingly gifted nine-strong acting ensemble”

The Scotsman


“(Ostermeier’s) dark, sardonic take on the dangerous power of Richard’s charisma is perfectly realized”

Financial Times

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