Trial of Richard III on 29 April 2018

After three sell-out Trial of... events, Shakespeare Schools Foundation invites you to join the jury for what promises to be a landmark case in UK history.

Shakespeare’s King Richard III is standing trial for the murder of heirs, rivals, friends and wives on Sunday 29 April 2018 at the West End’s Novello Theatre.

   

This unique fundraising event will see top criminal barristers, a killer cast of celebrity performers and young people from our nationwide Festival unite on stage to perform a one night only theatrical production.

Court of Appeal judge Lady Justice Hallett will preside over the courtroom alongside four top criminal barristers. John Kelsey-Fry QC and Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC will form the defence while Ian Winter QC and Jonathan Laidlaw QC form the prosecution.

Celebrity actors will take the stand to provide evidence, including Tony Gardner (My Parents are Aliens, Fresh Meat) as Clarence; Kae Alexander (Ready Player One, Game of Thrones, Fleabag)  as Lady Anne; and David Oakes (VictoriaThe White Queen) as Duke of Buckingham.

Jury Foreman Hugh Dennis will host the evening with spokespeople including Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Emily CardingProfessor Russell Jackson, Lindsay Johns, Dave Benson Phillips, Athena Stevens and The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP.

Young people from Shakespeare Schools Festival will transfer their performances to the West End to give the audience a taste of the play. The fate of England’s most notorious king ultimately sits with over 1000 audience members forming the jury in a case that could change the course of history. Guilty or not guilty, what will you decide? The power is in your hands!

SSF is thrilled to work with BAFTA award winning playwright Jonathan Myerson and Northern Stage Associate Director, Elayce Ismail on this unique fundraising production which will raise the vital funds needed to ensure our work continues.

This is the fourth Trial of… fundraising event produced by SSF having most recently seen Macbeth (Christopher Eccleston) acquitted for murder in 2015 at the Noel Coward and Hamlet (John Heffernan) acquitted at the Wyndhams in 2016 for the murder of Polonius.

 

 

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