<i>Richard III</i>

Photo by Brian Boeckman


Past Event

Location Info:

Miller Outdoor Theatre
6000 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX  77030
As seen by William Shakespeare, Richard III was a scheming, power-hungry man, crippled in body, who used and discarded most anyone who entered his life. And yet, there’s something likable about him. He is able, for instance, to persuade Lady Anne to marry him even though he killed her father and husband. University of Houston professor, professional actor and now Houston Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Jack Young will be taking on the title role in Richard III, one of two plays to be shown in repertory at this year’s festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Under the direction of Lenny Banovez, artistic director of TITAN Theatre Company in New York City, Young will be playing Richard on two sets of crutches: regular and weaponized. “It’s a nightmare play,” Young says, calling Richard “a trickster character like Iago.” Dylan Paul (Broadway: Cabaret), who plays Buckingham, the Richard cousin who first supports and then deserts the king, explains Richard III’s appeal this way: “We like rooting for people who haven’t watered down what they want. There is a shamelessness which I think in some way we associate with honesty. Someone is out after what they want and we admire that. The audience, of course, sees what Richard wants directly because he shares it with them. He’s of course a reprehensible person, murdering children and his best friends.”

8:15 p.m. July 29. Continuing 8:15 p.m. August 2, 4 and 6. 6000 Hermann Park Drive. For information, visit houstonfestivalscompany.com or milleroutdoortheatre.com. Free.


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