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Richard III ()

Produced by

Shakespeare in the Ruff

Playwright: William Shakespeare
Director: Diane D’Aquila
Adapters: Diane D’Aquila and Andrew Joseph Richardson


Withrow Park


August 13th, 2013 – September 1st, 2013

Awards & Nominations

2014 Dora Award Nominee ~ Independent – Outstanding Performance by a Male (Alex McCooeye)


A murderous, deformed tyrant you can believe in. Vote Richard. The wars that gripped the country have ended and an uneasy peace has settled on the land. Richard, a once-glorified war hero and king-maker of his brother Edward IV, has been pushed to the side in this time of peace, and his physical deformities, once striking fear into the hearts of his enemies, now elicit scorn and laughter. Richard soon makes a game of clawing his way to the throne, honing his skills for backroom deals and political maneuvering. As the saying goes – it’s all fun and games until someone loses a head. Ambition, political intrigue, and Shakespeare’s most devilishly charming hunchback in one thrilling adventure. (


Alex McCooeye Richard
Diane D’Aquila Duchess / Maid
Marc Bondy Brakenbury / Buckingham / Oxford
Simon Bracken Hastings / Murderer / Ratcliffe
Jacklyn Francis Elizabeth / Prince / Messenger
David Ross Rivers / Edward / Mayor / Stanley
Charlie Gould Anne / Page / York
Jesse Griffiths Clarence / Dorset / Catesby
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett Murderer 2 / Ely / Richmond
Andrew Joseph Richardson Henry VI

Creative Team

William Shakespeare Playwright
Diane D’Aquila Director
Diane D’Aquila Adapter
Andrew Joseph Richardson Adapter
Andrew Joseph Richardson Dramaturge
Andrew Joseph Richardson Assistant Director
Evita Karasek Set Designer
Evita Karasek Costume Designer
Bryan Steele Lighting Designer


Natasha Bean-Smith Stage Manager
Bryan Steele Production Manager
Emma Mackenzie Hillier General Manager
Emma Mackenzie Hillier Producer
Dan Daley Marketing Consultant
Dan Daley Graphic Designer
Sarah Stevens Publicity
Diane Reis York University Graduate Intern
Lois Adamson Youth Development Coordinator
Jackie McClelland Property Master