Richard III

Richard III was part of Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s summer repertory, a play I was unfamiliar with but enjoyed thoroughly. It was an interesting balance for the repertory’s other half, the confectionary Merry Wives of Windsor - like chasing a donut with a shot of whiskey. There was something therapeutic about watching a power-hungry man having his butt handed to him by virtually all the women in the play. Hmm.

Anyhow, enjoy!

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Pre-show singing and partying.

Pre-show singing and partying.

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The show starts with dead bodies littering the fields of England. Or the church rec center tiles. Whatever. Suspension of disbelief is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

The show starts with dead bodies littering the fields of England. Or the church rec center tiles. Whatever. Suspension of disbelief is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

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Deformed and (he thinks) passed over Richard plots to take the throne from his brother Edward.

Deformed and (he thinks) passed over Richard plots to take the throne from his brother Edward.

Richard arrives, ready to woo the war widow Lady Anne. He tells the audience that he was responsible for the death of her husband and father. She resists at first, but is won over.

Richard arrives, ready to woo the war widow Lady Anne. He tells the audience that he was responsible for the death of her husband and father. She resists at first, but is won over.

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Everyone crosses the former Queen Margaret, who places a curse on each in turn.

Everyone crosses the former Queen Margaret, who places a curse on each in turn.

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Richard dispatches assassins to kill his brother Clarence, who is next in line for the throne.

Richard dispatches assassins to kill his brother Clarence, who is next in line for the throne.

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Edward is appalled at the news of Clarence’s death, which Richard says was at the king’s command. The shock and sorry eventually kills the king.

Edward is appalled at the news of Clarence’s death, which Richard says was at the king’s command. The shock and sorry eventually kills the king.

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Richard’s nephews, now in grave danger with Richard as lord protector over England. They are already outwitting him, which he finds concerning.

Richard’s nephews, now in grave danger with Richard as lord protector over England. They are already outwitting him, which he finds concerning.

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Richard’s cousin and right hand man, Buckingham, helps spread rumors of the two princes’ illegitimacy.

Richard’s cousin and right hand man, Buckingham, helps spread rumors of the two princes’ illegitimacy.

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Watching from the rafters.

Watching from the rafters.

More muscle-for-hire, after Richard’s enemies.

More muscle-for-hire, after Richard’s enemies.

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Intermission serenading.

Intermission serenading.

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Richard decides it’s time to eliminate his last barriers to the throne: his nephews.

Richard decides it’s time to eliminate his last barriers to the throne: his nephews.

The assassin. I might as well rename this post ‘The Many Faces of Gabe’, because he kept me in stitches, despite the heavy subject matter.

The assassin. I might as well rename this post ‘The Many Faces of Gabe’, because he kept me in stitches, despite the heavy subject matter.

A grieving mother and a fearful one consult Queen Margaret: How do you bear it? And how do you place curses?

A grieving mother and a fearful one consult Queen Margaret: How do you bear it? And how do you place curses?

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Guess who gets cursed by the end of this scene? And by his mother no less?

Guess who gets cursed by the end of this scene? And by his mother no less?

Richard asks for his sister-in-law Elizabeth’s help in winning the hand of her daughter. She gives him what-for, pretends to be won over, and sneaks her daughter away later.

Richard asks for his sister-in-law Elizabeth’s help in winning the hand of her daughter. She gives him what-for, pretends to be won over, and sneaks her daughter away later.

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On the brink of a great and terrible battle with Richmond, Richard is visited by each one of his victims in his dreams (including his own wife and Buckingham, who the crooked king drove away in his paranoia).

On the brink of a great and terrible battle with Richmond, Richard is visited by each one of his victims in his dreams (including his own wife and Buckingham, who the crooked king drove away in his paranoia).

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The guilt overwhelms Richard, until he awakes to a losing battle.

The guilt overwhelms Richard, until he awakes to a losing battle.

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Richmond rallies his troops.

Richmond rallies his troops.

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Richard dies, while his murdered friends and family look on.

Richard dies, while his murdered friends and family look on.

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Like all Sweet Tea productions, it ends with a song and celebration.

Like all Sweet Tea productions, it ends with a song and celebration.

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