Richard, My Richard

Written by Philippa Gregory

Co-produced by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds & Shakespeare North Playhouse

In association with Daniel Schumann

Directed by Katie Posner

 

Best-selling historical author Philippa Gregory made her playwrighting debut in 2024 with RICHARD, MY RICHARD – an innovative new stage play inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III, that brought to life one of history’s most twisted and enigmatic characters; a passionate, tender portrait of man in his time, surrounded by the women who determine his fate.

This world premiere, directed by Katie Posner, launched at Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot 8 – 30 March, and then played from 12 – 27 April at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

With an explosion of tarmac Leicester City Car park erupts and Richard III crashes from his lost tomb to meet the character who has ruined his reputation: History – the record keeper who doesn’t always have his mind on the task.

Richard believes he has risen from the grave to heaven with an unstained conscience, and the awkward task falls to History (sorry History)- to tell the Undead King that all is not as he imagines. 

As Richard challenges, History admits he has his own doubts. He is often revered as the bearer of truth. Yet, his perspective is skewed. History overlooks people and stories.

Funny, poignant, and underpinned by the facts of the past, Richard’s secrets may have died with him, here he rises up to tell us the story, his story, History.

Dr Philippa Gregory CBE is one of the world’s foremost historical novelists. She wrote her first ever novel, Wideacre, when she was completing her PhD in eighteenth-century literature and it sold worldwide, heralding a new era for historical fiction. Her flair for blending history and imagination developed into a signature style and Philippa went on to write many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. Now a recognised authority on women’s history, Philippa graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent and was made Alumna of the Year in 2009. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck University of London. In 2020 she was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to literature and charity.  Philippa is a member of the Society of Authors and in 2016, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers’ Association. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Platinum Award by Nielsen for achieving significant lifetime sales across her entire book output.

“In a production by Katie Posner, combined with acres of velvet cloaks from designer Richard Kent and Philip Gladwell’s sumptuous dramatic lighting, it has all the hallmarks of a classy period drama.”

The Stage

“The richness of her research, the beauty of her language and the passion for her subject are all evident in abundance.”

What’s On Stage

“One of the best plays you will see this year, Richard, My Richard is an outstanding first production from Philippa Gregory.”

Broadway World

“Dynamic, urgent, atmospheric – just some of the adjectives that spring to mind when trying to sum up this terrific debut play from historian and author Phillipa Gregory. “

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