Richard III

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Ensemble Theatre

Richard III

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 23 July - 24 July 2014

by William Shakespeare

A man gathers a group of actors to perform a secret version Richard III hidden away from an oppressive society.

Richard is malicious, power hungry, obsessive and aspires secretly to the throne – as the man and his friends delve deeper into the dark world of the play, the line between reality and Shakespeare is thrillingly explored with passionate, tragic and hilarious results.

Remaining true to Shakespeare’s dialogue, Mark Kilmurry’s exciting new production honours the original play whilst wildly re-imagining it for new audiences.

DIRECTED BY: Mark Kilmurry
STARRING: Danielle Carter, Patrick Dickson, Matt Edgerton, Mark Kilmurry, Amy Mathews, Tony Scanlon


From the Education Coordinator…
Mark Kilmurry is renowned for his pared back productions of Shakespeare plays relying on the power of performance and clarity of text rather than elaborate production concepts. Moving cleverly between the present and the world of Shakespeare’s Richard III, this production enables students to draw parallels between the historical characters and their contemporary counterparts providing valuable insight for students new to studying Shakespeare.

Dates & Times:

11:00am, Wednesday 23 July
11:00am, Thursday 24 July

EVENING & WEEKEND SHOWS (Schools welcome for the same schools price)
7:30pm, Tuesday 22 July
7:30pm, Thursday 24 July
7:30pm, Friday 25 July
2:15pm, Saturday 16 July
7:30pm, Saturday 16 July

Student/Additional Teacher $25*
*Transaction fees may apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to Richard III, below:

Richard III – Curriculum Links

View the contents of the Education Pack here: Contents

Download the Richard III Education Pack here (Password Available Upon Booking): Richard III Education Pack

Check out Mark Kilmurray’s Blog on Richard III here

Video Resources


“…a vigorous, swiftly moving and highly entertaining production…” – Stage Whispers

“His (Mark Kilmurry) Richard is a delightfully beguiling, witty rascal. He’s fiendish, yes, but somehow so sincere in his realistic perspective. It’s a knock-kneed, knockabout Richard without any of the pompous cant of his well-bodied peers” – Arts Hub

“His royal tyrant is a runty hobgoblin of a man twisted as much by resentment and greed as by genetic deformity. Not for him the brooding menace of Kevin Spacey or Sir Ian McKellan or other Richard III’s of stage and screen. This version is a home-grown monster, an underestimated and oft-ignored little scrapper determined to win the throne at any cost. It’s a perceptive and very human portrayal that ties in well with Kilmurry’s (who also directs)desire to re imagine Shakespeare’s play for a modern audience.” – Stage Noise

“Kilmurry’s stagecraft is magic, the cast are splendid, honest and graceful.” – The Spell of Waking Hours

“Powerful and compelling performances.” – Sydney Chic

“Mark Kilmurry’s performance of Richard is brilliant. Complex with outstanding performances by the cast.” – Susanne Gervay 

“An engaging and timely mix of political skullduggery. Thumbs up!” – Oz Baby Boomers

“Mark Kilmurry, playing Richard III and directing, is at the centre of this masterfully woven performance. Cunning, manipulative and very amusing, Killmurry portrays a Richard III that has audience members both gasping in outrage and laughing from their seats. He commands the audience’s attention from start to finish, pulling them into Richard’s power-hungry manipulation.” – North Sydney Times 

“This show is fast-paced, clear and well acted. There are many playful moments generated by Kimurry’s mischievous Richard. Patrick Dickson (Buckingham), Toni Scanlan (who doubles as the Duchess of York and Tyrell) and Matt Edgerton offer strong support.” – The Sun Herald

“Patrick Dickson brings old-school polish and command of the language to the piece as Buckingham.” – Sydney Morning Herald

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Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $25

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00