Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 2017 & Northern Broadsides


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Barrie Rutter


Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 2017 & Northern Broadsides

Richard III

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Barrie Rutter


England is in the midst of the Wars of the Roses when Richard, Duke of Gloucester, sees a chance for the crown. He is Shakespeare’s twisted villain who we love to hate as, with ruthless cunning and silver-tongued charm, he stops at nothing to remove brothers, wife, nephews and friends from his path.

As the death toll mounts, Richard seizes the throne, but at what cost? He’s surrounded by vengeful ghosts, friends he can’t trust and a terrible curse cast by the old Queen Margaret. In a final battle at Bosworth Field, the bloody feud between York and Lancaster must end at last.

2017 marks twenty-five years of Northern Broadsides, and this co-production with Hull Truck Theatre brings the celebrated company back to its roots, when it staged Richard III as its first play in the Marina Boatshed in Hull.

Pay What You Can performance: Thur 4, 7.30pm
Discover Day: Sat 13, 10.30am
Post-show Q&A: Wed 17, 7.30pm 
Audio Described performance: Thur 18, 7.30pm
Accessible performance: Sat 20, 2pm
Captioned performance: Wed 24, 7.30pm

This show is part of our Drama Deal - click here for more information - and is eligible for a Dinner & a Show Package.



Mat Fraser

Richard III

Catherine Kinsella

Lady Anne

Ruth Alexander-Rubin


Luke Adamson


Matt Connor


Jim English

Murderer and Prince (Multirole)

Dean Whatton

Murderer and Prince (Multirole)

Matthew Booth

Brackenbury and Ratcliffe (Multirole)

Richard Standing

Clarence and Major (Multirole)

Christine Cox


Roy North


Ben Wright

Rivers, Bishop and Richmond (Multirole)

Jason Furnival


Barrie Rutter

King Edward

Max Gallagher


Flo Wilson



Barrie Rutter


Neil Murray

Designer/Costume Designer

Malcolm Rippeth

Lighting Designer

Conrad Nelson

Musical Director

Kay Burnett

Production Manager

Jen Hirst

Company Stage Manager

Ailsa Bonner

Deputy Stage Manager

Shona Wright

Assistant Stage Manager


Brian Swallow

Pritti Mistry

Ian Marriot

Dave Ellis

Paul Poulton

Mel Samuel

Roger Hodds

Sylvia Hodson

Diana Tanase

‘Mat Fraser proves a brilliant villain’


‘Fraser’s portrayal is one of confrontational force, exuberant nastiness and enormous wit’

The Times

‘No fuss, no frills […] and all the better for it’

Whats On Stage

‘Under the direction of Barrie Rutter, the story unfolds to a thrilling, smoke-strewn climax’

Hull Daily Mail

‘invigorating and exciting’

The Stage

‘a brave production with some powerful moments’


‘stark and powerful’

The Observer