Richard is aided in his various bloody plots by his cousin Buckingham (Joe Mecca), promising him land and wealth upon obtaining the throne. But there are some steps Buckingham won't take, such as killing the princes, so he falls out of favor, his loyalty still not paid for, and eventually collaborates against Richard when he is the king. Another head rolls.

Although he has made enough alliances among the lords to be crowned, King Richard has his wife, Lady Anne, poisoned in order to marry his young niece, the offstage Elizabeth of York, the daughter of the former queen, Elizabeth (Rosanna Cavanaugh). The nuptials are forestalled — Richard isn't the only one up to trickery — and she is betrothed to the Earl of Richmond (Rob Roy), who will become King Henry VII, and who defeats King Richard in that fateful battle.

Got all that? Whew. And we thought our politics was busy.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
Related: TRIST’s delightful twist on Twelfth Night, It’s good to be king, Notes from the New York Underground, More more >
  Topics: Theater , Lex Luthor, RICHARD III, Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MURDEROUS FUN  |  October 01, 2014
    We theater lovers must really be sick puppies.
  •   REASONS TO BELIEVE (OR NOT)  |  September 24, 2014
    To non-believers, the evangelical movement can look like a loud, friendly party whose invitation we’ve politely declined, but whose windows sooner or later we can’t help peeking into.
  •   MYTHS AND DREAMS  |  September 24, 2014
    This play stringings together bedtime stories and fevered hallucinations.
  •   GENDER BENDERS  |  September 17, 2014
    Gender confusion has probably been around for as long as gender conflicts.
  •   SIMONE'S  |  September 17, 2014
    In the Rhode Island tradition of giving directions like “it’s where the coffee milk factory used to be,” Simone’s is located where Not Your Average Bar & Grille and the ice cream shop Supreme Dairy used to be.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ