By William Shakespeare
24th Annual FREE Classic Series
Made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado
July 17 – August 9, 2020
Directed by Tyler Richards Hewes
After a long civil war between the royal family of York and the royal family of Lancaster, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious Yorks. But Edward’s younger brother, Richard, resents Edward’s power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power-hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard begins to aspire secretly to the throne—and decides to kill anyone he has to in order to become king.
When the king falls ill, Richard, assisted by Lord Hastings, is appointed as regent. He places the young sons of Edward in the Tower and consolidates his power with the help of Buckingham. King Edward IV dies and Richard is proclaimed king. The young princes are murdered in the Tower. Edward’s widow, Elizabeth, with the sons of her first marriage, fearing for their lives, flee. Buckingham is suspicious of Richard’s role in the murder of the young princes. He tries to blackmail Richard, demanding an earldom, and when his demand is denied he tries to raise an army against Richard. He is captured and executed. Richard plans to marry Edward IV’s daughter, Elizabeth.
Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, the heir to the Lancastrian claim to the throne, makes war on Richard. They meet at Bosworth. On the eve of the battle Richard is haunted by the ghosts of his victims. He is killed in the battle and Henry Tudor succeeds him, becoming Henry VII of England.
In this imaginative retelling of Richard III, returning director Tyler Hewes brings innovative and modern storytelling themes to one of Shakespeare’s earliest works.
“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
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Tickets for Richard III are FREE thanks to a generous grant from the City of Coronado.
Richard III is NOT included in our subscription packages but can be added to a subscription at the time of booking.
Tickets are limited to 5 per patron.
2020 CPH Members and Subscribers receive reserved seating for Richard III.
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TYLER RICHARDS HEWES (Director)
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