The cast has been announced for the much-anticipated production of Shakespeare’s historic dark comic tragedy, Richard III, at Maynardville. It will run from 7 February to 9 March 2019, directed by Geoffrey Hyland and starring award-winning actor Alan Committie in the title role.
Committie was recently seen in The Fugard Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s hard-hitting two-hander Oleanna and award-winning Shakespeare director Hyland returns to Maynardville after the triumph of Twelfth Night (2017).
Richard III is an explosive, action-packed tragedy and one of the Bard’s greatest tales. In this riveting story about the infamous hunchback, the audience joins the roller coaster ride of the brutally brilliant and seductively charming Richard of Gloucester as he stages one of the most calculated power grabs of all times to become the new king of England.
Richard III: Maynardville cast
Joining Committie are Anthea Thompson (The Father, My Briljante Egskeiding) as Queen Margaret, Lee-Ann van Rooi (Woman Alone, Sara Se Geheim) as the Duchess of York, Andrew Laubscher (Swerfgoed, Marat Sade) as the Duke of Buckingham, Bianca Mannie (Homeland, Saints & Strangers) as Lady Anne, Cassandra Mpanda (Yerma, A Lie of the Mind) as Queen Elizabeth, with Cape Talk’s John Maytham (Shakespeare in Love, Via da la Rosa) as Lord Stanley. Other members of the ensemble include Mphumzi Nontshinga (Yerma, Sainthood).
Costume design is by Leigh Bishop, set design by Geoffrey Hyland and Bridie Birdy and lighting design by Faheem Bardien.
“Shakespeare’s musings on self-interested power and twisted ambition continue to resonate today,” says Hyland. “Richard III is the timeless and universal story of the rise and fall of one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and charismatic villains. Through rumour, fake news and false narratives; with a devilish wit and fuelled by revenge; Richard aims at the crown and destroys all who stand in his way including those closest to him.”
The production forms part of the second Maynardville Open-Air Festival, featuring a programme of music, dance, comedy and more, under the stars at Maynardville.
What: Richard III
Where and when: Maynardville Open-Air Theatre from 7 February until 9 March 2019