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Richard III to be staged in cathedral where king is buried

Leicester Cathedral, where the remains of Richard III were buried in 2015 Leicester Cathedral, where the remains of Richard III were buried in 2015
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Shakespeare’s Richard III is to be performed in Leicester Cathedral, where the king’s remains were buried after their discovery in a car park in 2015.

The production is part of a cathedral tour by theatre company Antic Disposition, which will also play at Ely, Peterborough, Gloucester, Bristol and Salisbury cathedrals before a run of 15 performances at London’s Temple Church.

Directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero said: “By bringing our production to Leicester Cathedral, the king’s final resting place, we hope to entertain the audience with Shakespeare’s version of his story, while encouraging them to look beyond it at the more nuanced assessment of Richard that is now emerging.”

In 2016 Antic Disposition’s production of Henry V toured 12 cathedrals around the UK to mark the centenary of the First World War and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Design is by John Risebero, lighting by Tom Boucher and the composer is James Burrows.

The tour runs from July 13 to September 9, with press night on August 24.

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