Richard III: Bell Shakespeare- Sydney Opera House

Richard the Third….my hero!

Literature & Life Spring 2017

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What an amazing performance of Richard III with Kate Mulvany in the lead role. The extraordinary relevance of her presence as Richard was amplified by her physical condition, mirroring Richard’s own adolescent idiopathicscoliosis or curvature of the spine. This is the condition that Kate felt helped to shape Richard’s response to the world in which he found himself. So through Kate the director, Peter Evans, presented an approach to Richard which may have directly challenged Shakespeare’s own faithful following of Thomas More’s derogatory biography of this megalomaniac king. Indeed Peter Evans gave a nice further twist to Shakespeare’s performance by emphasising the powerful presence of women in Richard’s life. The stage was strong with women through the whole performance. Their identities remained stable while most of the men were constantly metamorphosing into roles other than the one they began with. So how did this all this play out on…

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