The University of Notre Dame’s Professional Company will be presenting Richard III as part of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. As the professional theatre in residence at the University, the show is just one of the many world-class productions that the Company presents.
Founded in 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Professional Company has become a campus tradition. Along with producing shows, the Company also fosters young theatre artists. Programs such as the Young Company and ShakeScenes provide educational production and performance opportunities. The Company performs in the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts as well as in Washington Hall.
Richard III is Shakespeare’s portrayal of King Richard, England’s most famous villain; he was known as a twisted and ruthless monarch. Shakespeare’s play remains popular throughout the years and is especially relevant due to archaeologists’ recent discovery of King Richard’s remains.
There will be a pre-show talk regarding Richard III one hour before each performance starting on August 23. Located in the Philbin Studio Theatre, the “Beyond the Stage” talks are led by the artistic staff, visiting scholars, and practitioners. The talk is intended to help audiences learn more about the play and its production.
Richard III will be performed in the Decio Mainstage Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The show is appropriate for ages six and up. The public is also invited to celebrate the opening night of Richard III with festival artists and staff; more information can be found online.
The play runs from August 20 to September 1. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone.