Perth Theatre’s reopening season continues with Shakespeare’s darkest funniest thriller Richard III. And director Lu Kemp is promising a colourful bloody rollercoaster of a production!

A violent and destructive civil war – the War of the Roses – is finally over. The victors, the York family, celebrate in the house of the former rulers – The Lancasters. The youngest of the York brothers, Richard, a man “not shaped for sportive tricks”, looks on with disgust at this new-found peace and decadence. War has entertained him, peace bores him. He’s out to cause trouble. Richard is on the up…

Lu Kemp, artistic director for Perth Theatre, said:

“Richard III is a dark comic thriller about one man’s ambition to take the crown come hell or high water – or indeed both! Whereas our last in-house production Knives in Hens was about a young woman coming to recognise that she has been raised with stories that do not tell her the whole truth about the world she lives in – and that she can tell stories that will shape other people’s worlds – Richard III is about a master storyteller. Richard shapes the narratives that other people believe in, and his rise and rise is entirely down to his ability to convince others of the truth he wants them to believe in. And he does. Audiences will see similarities with current times where autocrats take advantage of unstable states to bring themselves to power. They can expect a colourful bloody rollercoaster of a show that will keep them engrossed from start to finish.”

The Perth Theatre production features a cast of ten as well as five young actors from Perth Youth Theatre.The cast includes Joseph Arkley as Richard, local actor Tom McGovern in the role of Brackenbury and Michael Moreland, recently seen on the Perth Theatre stage as Gilbert Horn, the miller in Knives in Hens, as Buckingham. Former Taggart star Alison Peebles plays the Duchess. Sound design is by Stevie Jones from Sound of Yell (Chemikal Underground).

Richard III is in Perth Theatre from Saturday 17 until Saturday 31 March. There is a reduced-price preview performance on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm. Click here for tickets and information for Richard III or call Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031.