Villainous monarch at House of Dun

David Lee Jones steps out in the title role of Richard 111 with The Festival Players at the House of Dun, Montrose on Friday, August 3 at 7.15 pm.

David Lee Jones steps out in the title role of Richard 111 with The Festival Players at the House of Dun, Montrose on Friday, August 3 at 7.15 pm.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S acclaimed Festival Players are celebrating this Olympian and Jubilee summer with a 45-date all-male tour of Richard III across the UK - including a performance at the House of Dun, Montrose on Friday, August 3.

David Lee-Jones in the title role is believed to be the first British-Chinese actor to take on the mantle of one of Shakespeare’s most famous villains.

Between July 29 and August 5 the Players will give five performances at National Trust for Scotland properties.

The Players, in their 27th year of touring outdoor Shakespeare, recently took over London’s long-established Theatre Set-Up company, enabling them to stage two tours this year.

Worcestershire-based Michael Dyer, Artistic Director of The Festival Players, will direct both.

The former director of Cornwall’s Minack Open Air Theatre said: “In a year where the focus falls firmly on London in terms of both the Olympic and regal celebrations, what better “royal” Shakespeare play to perform than Richard III, which is set largely in the capital. Ours will be a colourful and lively take of The Bard’s most villainous monarch.”

Shakespeare grippingly immortalised Richard III, a hunchbacked king betrayed, unhorsed and surrounded by enemies and finally calling out one of The Bard’s best known lines “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”

Power-crazed and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard stopped at nothing and no-one in order to become king and the night before the battle had a nightmare in which the ghosts of all the people he has murdered haunt and curse him. The inimitable Festival Players, who aim to make Shakespeare accessible to all, will transport audiences in England, Scotland, Wales – and Berlin – to the medieval London of Richard III.With a cast of just six, the actors can have up to three roles – and some quickfire costume and gender changes! Ticket details for the House of Dun performance from 0844 493 2144. The show begins at 7.15 pm.