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An Illustrated Talk – Richard III & Dickon Shakespeare’s Richard III & Gordon Daviot Dickon – A comparative study.

There are many stories about Richard III including the popular version by William Shakespeare, currently showing at York Theatre Royal. In the Bard's spin on the tale, the King of England is portrayed as a Machiavellian man, who was fiendishly difficult, especially during his time as leader. York Theatre Royal and Lamplighter Drama Ltd have come together to tell a different story; a story of a man, a King, who was brave and audacious, and who fought for his country until the bitter end.

Michael Oakley, former student of the University of York and recipient of the JMK Award for Young Directors for which he directed Edward II at BAC, is particularly focussed on the domesticity of Dickon and will be take part in an illustrated talk with actors performing extracts from Richard III and Dickon. The actors are also currently performing in Richard III at York Theatre Royal showing until Saturday 30 November.

Oakley will talk about the other side of Richard III that is rarely talked about. He will present, compare and contrast between the two plays. The timing of the talk, that takes place at 4pm on Friday 29 November, is perfect as a proud city awaits the news of where Richard III’s bones will be laid to rest.

Liz Wilson Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal said “We feel it’s important to acknowledge that Shakespeare’s Richard III is a version of the king and that many people feel very strongly that he has been misrepresented for many years. This fascinating event will give the public in York a chance to examine this part of our history from a different perspective.”

To complete the Richard III trio of events at York Theatre Royal, a rare, black and white silent film version of Shakespeare’s play Richard III, made in 1911, is to be brought to life with a new ‘voice’, thanks to an academic from the University of York.

In the first project of its type, Judith Buchanan, Professor of Film and Literature and author of Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse, has written a script to accompany this precious 100-year-old piece of cinema and theatre history. The script will be voiced live in a special performance by the cast of the stage production of Richard III currently showing at York Theatre Royal.

The screening in the Theatre Royal’s main auditorium on 27 November will include a brief introduction by Professor Buchanan. She will talk about the history of the film and the challenges of creating a voice for a previously silent rendering of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious characters. After the show, there will be a short question and answer session with the cast and Professor Buchanan.

Professor Buchanan said: “The cast will be aiming to bridge a time gap of more than 100 years between early 20th century Shakespearean actors and the contemporary cast from today’s theatre production. “One of the challenges for the actors will be to find a vocal ‘gear’ that will work with the tone and dimensions of the performances on screen in order to help this old film live again, and as never before, for a contemporary audience.”

For more information and to book tickets for Richard III, the silent film and or the illustrated talk, visit or call the Box Office on 01904 623568.

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Editors Notes:

For more information, to arrange press interviews, photos or press tickets for Richard III and the illustrated talk, please contact Sophie Cann Tel: 01904 550149

For more information, to arrange press interviews, photos or press tickets for the Richard III silent film, please contact Sheila Perry Tel: 01904 324894/322029

Listings information

Richard III & Dickon – The Other side to Richard III

Friday 29 November 2013 4pm (duration – 1 hour)

Talk, extracts from both plays (Richard III & Dickon) £5

Location: Studio Box Office: 01904 623568 or

York Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present Richard III By William Shakespeare

Showing until Saturday 30th November 2013 (No performances on24th & 25th)

Location: Main house Richard III - Ian Bartholomew Director - Loveday Ingram

Box Office: 01904 623568 or

Richard III: Silent Film Special Event in Partnership with the University of York

Wednesday 27 November 2013 6pm (duration – 45 minutes) Film, introduction and short Q&A.

Location: Main house Box Office: 01904 623568 or

Michael Oakley

Michael is a recipient of the JMK Award for Young Directors for which he directed Edward II at BAC. In 2012 he was Co-Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre's pop-up space Theatre on the Fly.

Credits as director include Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre);The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse);Shooting Truth (NT Connections) and Graceland (The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices).

Theatre as Associate Director includes Relative Values (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour),Kiss Me Kate (The Old Vic); The King’s Speech (West End/UK tour); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End). Theatre as Assistant Director includes Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic); A Month in the Country, The Critic &The Real Inspector Hound, Oklahoma!, Cyrano deBergerac (Chichester Festival Theatre);tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Education). Michael was trainee director-in-residence at Chichester Festival Theatre and has also completed a training course with Cheek by Jowl.