Production Information


The Royal Shakespeare Company

'Richard III' by William Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

First performance of this production: 22.10.80
Opening date: 4.11.80

The Newcastle Theatre Royal
Opening date: 17.3.81

The Aldwych Theatre, London
Opening date: 24.11.81


Ghost of King Henry VI.....
John Darrell

Margaret Widow Of King Henry VI......
Barbara Leigh Hunt

Ghost of Prince Edward ....
Jonathan Tafler


Duchess of York The Queen Mother

Judith Harte

King Edward IV Her Son

David Suchet

George, Duke Of Clarence His Brother

Richard Pasco

Richard, Duke Of Gloucester His Brother (Later King Richard III)

Alan Howard

Queen Elizabeth Edward's Wife

Domini Blythe

Edward Plantagenet His Son

Kevin Brannan/Melanie Leach

Richard, Duke Of York His Son

Tom Scampion/Jeremy Sullivan

Elizabeth Plantagenet His Daughter

Julia Tobin

Edward Plantagenet Son To Clarence

Stephen Humphries/Aaron Reese

Margaret Plantagenet Daughter To Clarence

Rachel Humphries/Tabitha Reese

Lady Anne
Widow Of Edward Prince Of Wales The Son Of Henry VI And Margaret, Later Married To Richard

Sinead Cusack


Lord Rivers Queen Elizabeth's Brother

Lord Grey Queen Elizabeth's Brother

Sir Thomas Vaughan

Marquis Of Dorset Son To Queen Elizabeth By A Previous Marriage

Brett Usher

Rob Edwards

William Armstrong

Peter Settelen

Henry Earl Of Richmond Afterwards King Henry VII

Jonathan Hyde


Duke Of Buckingham

Lord Hastings The Lord Chamberlain

Jane Shore His Mistress (Formerly Edward IV's)

Bishop Of Ely

Lord Stanley Earl Of Derby

Lord Francis Lovel

Sir William Catesby

Sir Richard Ratcliffe

Sir James Tyrrel

Sir Robert Brakenbury Lieutenant Of The Tower

Sir Christopher Urswick

Sir John The Priest

Derek Godfrey

Bruce Purchase

Judy Buxton

John Carlisle

Trevor Baxter

Billie Brown

Tom Wilkinson

John Bowe

Arthur Kohn

Paul Webster

Michael Fitzgerald

Timothy Walker


Lord Mayor Of London

First Murderer

Second Murderer

First Monk/Soldier

Second Monk/Soldier

Third Monk/Soldier

Fourth Monk/Soldier

Fifth Monk/Soldier


A Woman

Shay Gorman

James Hazeldine

Joe Melia

Jonanthan Tafler

Sion Tudor-Owen

Abraham Osuagwu

John Darrell

Kilian McKenna

Ned Vúkovic

Jo Anderson


Michael Tubbs Music Director/Organ/Harp Ian Reynolds Flute/Percussion Peter Morris Horn David Statham Horn Robert Pritchard Trumpet Glenn Coleman Trumpet Gareth Richards Trombone Nigel Garvey Timpani James Jones Percussion

Directed By

Terry Hands

Designed By


Music By

Guy Woolfenden

Lighting By

Terry Hands with Clive Morris

Fight Arranged By

Ian McKay

Company Voice Work By

Cicely Berry with Barbara Thomas

Assistant Director

Ian Judge

Stage Manager

Louise Horswill

Deputy Stage Manager

Trevor Williamson

Assistant Stage Manager

Richard Hakin, Dee Jones

Image of cast list layout in the Richard III programme.

The performance is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes in length, including one interval of 15 minutes.

Playing Shakespeare/Richard III