Power-mad and ruthless, Richard III’s Machiavellian rise and short reign still fascinates. Join us for a theatrical reading of Shakespeare’s version by The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. The large cast will feature Christopher Prentice, a veteran of the Stratford Festival (Ontario) in the title role. The play will be in the library’s Johnson Room and includes music and sound effects. There will be a 10-minute intermission.
Registration for this special event is encouraged; please register by phone or via the library’s website. Other library services will be unavailable during the performance.
What can you expect when you come to one of our theatrical readings? The first thing you may notice is that the actors are performing book-in-hand. However, as our audiences have told us many times over the past 21 years, the scripts become invisible after the first few minutes as you listen to Shakespeare's language come alive as it is acted by some of the best professional actors in Chicago.
I often explain to people that have not seen our work before that their experience of the play won’t be less, but more because by placing our focus exclusively on Shakespeare’s text we allow the play to emerge in an unencumbered setting that reveals new insights into the play's characters and themes. Many have told us that after seeing a theatrical reading from The Shakespeare Project they truly “get” the play for the first time.
Our performance is completely staged – meaning that actors make entrances and exits and move across the stage as they would in a full production. You won’t see elaborate sets, props or costumes. You will hear some music and sound from time to time which is only there to augment your experience and add to your understanding of the play.
We provide a 360 degree experience of the play. Our dramaturge will introduce the play to you in a brief prologue to give you some background on the play’s history and point out things to watch and listen for during the performance. After the reading, we hope you stay for our post-show discussion to interact with the actors and creative team and further enrich your experience.