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The most captivating interpretation of Richard 3 yet
For lovers of Shakespeare and theatre alike, Richard 3 by Bell Shakespeare is a must-see.
As I entered the Sydney Opera House, I was greeted by a large poster depicting the photos of the cast who would be playing the characters of Richard 3. I was pleasantly surprised to see the face of Kate Mulvany as the actress who would be playing Richard. I was already excited for the play, having attended a few of Bell Shakespeare's performances already, but now I was infinitely more intrigued. A female portraying Richard! I loved the idea.
I took my seat in the third row and waited in anticipation for the lights to dim. Suddenly, limping onto the stage, was Kate Mulvany as Richard. To sum up her appearance in one word: villainous. This was the most frightening Richard III that I had ever laid eyes on. Mulvany played the part perfectly. She managed to contort her body into the deformed hunchback with seeming ease, hobbling about the stage with a wicked grin. She engaged with the audience regularly and really pulled you into the play. This was so effective that you couldn't help loving her whilst abhorring her simultaneously.
Kate Mulvany as the villainous Richard 3 (Source: sydneyoperahouse.com)
While Mulvany was easily the star of the show, the rest of the cast also performed amazingly. Rose Riley was a stand out as both Lady Anne and the Prince. She switched between characters effortlessly and captured the essence of their personalities. The raw emotion at the beginning of the play, when Richard kills Lady Anne's husband, was captivating. I was truly moved by the powerful acting in this scene.
Peter Evans has, yet again, done an amazing job of directing this Shakespearean classic. He leaves the audience breathless and on the edge of their seats throughout the entire play. He perfectly balances the darkness of the play with comedic innuendoes. This has been my favourite interpretation of Richard 3 to date, and Kate Mulvany my favourite Richard of all time.
Richard 3 will be playing at Sydney Opera House until April 1st, when it will move to Canberra Theatre Centre from April 6 -15, and lastly to the Arts Centre Melbourne from April 20 - May 7. Tickets on sale now.