Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes with interval
History provided William Shakespeare’s imagination with a Richard III who is horrible, deformed, monstrous, with a perverse mind and an unbridled ambition.
Thomas Ostermeier, director of the Berlin Schaubühne , presents his interpretation of the character of Richard: violent, animated by an irrepressible anger which he initially directs at the enemies of his brother Edward, king before him, and then - after the death of the latter - against all of those who obstruct his rise to power, Richard is also a splendid seducer and manipulator who uses the traumas and resentments of others with Machiavellian skill in order to make them instruments for his own ascent.
Defined by German critics as “sublime and sensational”, the play is the portrait of a ruling class which is devoured by the thirst for power and destined to be a witness to the triumph of a perverse dictator.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 25 to 27 May 2017
by William Shakespeare, translation by Marius von Mayenburg
directed by Thomas Ostermeier
sets by Jan Pappelbaum, costumes by Florence von Gerkan, lighting by Erich Schneider
music by Nils Ostendorf, video Sébastien Dupouey
dramaturgy by Florian Borchmeyer, puppets by Ingo Mewes, Karin Tiefensee
with Lars Eidinger, Moritz Gottwald, Eva Meckbach, Jenny König, Sebastian Schwarz, Robert Beyer, Thomas Bading, Christof Ertz, Laurenz Laufenberg, Thomas Witte (drums/percussion)
a Schaubühne Berlin production
A show in German with italian surtitles