In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play, Richard presents himself as an enterprising villain as he successfully plans to dispose of his brother Clarence. Richard achieves similar success in conquering the woman he chooses to marry. He carves a way to the throne through assassination and executions.
But Richard also meets resistance, most threateningly from Queen Margaret, widow of King Henry VI, whom he killed before the play’s beginning. Margaret issues a stream of curses, including one on Richard.
Gradually, the curses are fulfilled, suggesting the curse on Richard may come true, too. Increasingly, the play directs our sympathies away from Richard. His supporters desert him; his victims pile up. We may begin to share in the desire for vengeance voiced by Margaret.
This new unabridged audio recording of the well-respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre—is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.
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Richard III—Drew Cortese
Richmond/Rivers—Michael Gabriel Goodfriend
Duchess of York—Nanna Ingvarsson
Queen Margaret—Naomi Jacobson
Lady Anne—Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan
Queen Elizabeth—Julia Motyka
Buckingham—Howard W. Overshown
Stanley—Richard Sheridan Willis
All other parts were played by members of the cast
Michael Witmore—Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Janet Alexander Griffin—Artistic Producer
Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine—Editors, Folger Editions
Eric Shimelonis—Sound Design and Music Composition
Katharine Pitt—Production Assistant
David Polk—General Manager
Adam Stamper and Omega Recording Studios—Recording and Engineering
Music performed by Rebecca Sheir, vocals, and Eric Shimelonis, organ and other instruments.
Special Acknowledgements: Jenna Berk, Holden and Remy Brettell, Tony Cisek, Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, Shannon Follin, Charles Flye, Mariah Hale, Jim Hunter, Casey Dean Kaleba, James Kramer, Michele Osherow, Emily Marquet, Keri Schultz, Rebekah Sheffer, Edwin Schiff, Emily Tartanella, Adalia Vera Tonneyck, Che Wernsman, Teresa Wood
In partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio