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Shakespeare's Richard III to be staged at cathedral where the king is buried

Mon 08 May 2017
By Eno Adeogun

A "sensitive" production of William Shakespeare's Richard III will be held at Leicester Cathedral, the home of the monarch's remains, which were found under a council car park.

The play will take place in July and portray Richard as disfigured and a vicious, lying sadist.

The organisers say they don't expect everyone to like the play and acknowledge the location of the production may spark controversy.

Ben Horslen, a member of the theatre company Antic Disposition that is putting the production together, told the Guardian: "We will need to be sensitive, but I think it is a good opportunity to open up a discussion.

"It is possible there are people who are not going to like it. There are people who don't always like anything done in cathedrals other than worshipping.

"The best way to be sensitive about it is to be very clear that this is Shakespeare's version. It is a theatrical rendition of a character, not a historical one."

The dark comic drama will also be staged at Ely, Peterborough, Gloucester, Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals, as well as London's Temple Church.

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