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Richard III [2015]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Wang Xiaoying
Translated by: Wang Mengmeng

Performed in Mandarin by the National Theatre of China, from Beijing, China.

The National Theatre of China return to the Globe with Richard III, Shakespeare’s hilarious horror-show of power and paranoia, as part of the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. The production was previously part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.

The company stages work in three different performance spaces in Beijing and works with the finest playwrights and directors in China. Their trailblazing productions show the new face of 21st century Chinese theatre. This production is directed by the National's Associate Director, Wang Xiaoying.


Richard, the deformed Duke of Gloucester, lies, murders and cheats his way to the throne of England as he systematically slaughters his enemies, allies and family. As the Wars of the Roses rage on around him, his mind and his power start to disintegrate, until his final deadly encounter with the Duke of Richmond at the Battle of Bosworth.

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  • Costume Designer Chen Xianwei
  • Costume Designer Wang Jun
  • Make-up Designer Shen Miao
  • Make-up Designer Si Hui
  • Musician Wang Jianan

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