REVIEW Round Up… Richard III, Almeida Theatre

Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave star in Rupert Goold’s production of Shakespeare’s play about  the notorious villain. But how have critics reacted to the production? 

Photograph: Miles Aldridge.

The Guardian: *** Michael Billington found that: “While Goold’s production drives the action forward, the references to Richard’s disinterment, which bookend the evening, strike me as a red herring.”

The Telegraph: *** Dominic Cavendish wrote: “Even if, finally, the evening has the feel of an also-ran event, useful but not essential, Redgrave’s presence is a marvel in its own right.”

The Independent:**** Paul Taylor commented: “The production is perhaps a tad slow and unvaryingly paced, but it never loses its grip.”

WhatsOnStage: **** Sarah Crompton summed the production up saying: “Its dark anger is compelling, making the voices of the past speak loudly from the grave.”

Daily Mail: **** Quentin Letts said: “Ralph Fiennes is rather brilliant in the title role.”

The Upcoming:**** “an intense experience offering quality and brilliance in every department.”

British Theatre Guide: “those lucky enough to get in will enjoy a striking production and potentially award-winning performance from Ralph Fiennes who rises to the occasion as to the manner born.”

Evening Standard:**** Henry Hitchings wrote: “Rupert Goold’s interpretation, which is satisfyingly clear even if at times slow-moving.”

Richard III appears at the Almeida Theatre until the 6th August. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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