May 10th - October 30thTom Patterson TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 8 Critics
top 79% of shows in the 2022 season
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“Director Antoni Cimolino has filled his production with pomp, pageantry and fanfare. The tent scene before the battle of Bosworth Field is particularly impressive with billowing material, shadow and light, preparing the way for the ghosts of those Richard killed.”
“Feore’s Richard has enormous charisma and frequently invites us to cackle with him as he plots the next outrageous power grab — but then I caught myself, wondering how I could be captivated by someone so evil.”
“Feore brings a charisma to the character that will draw you in and have you holding your breath to see if the character’s plans succeed… In addition to Feore’s stellar portrayal of the cunning, yet tragic Richard, the rest of the company provides outstanding performances as well. Seana McKenna is captivating as Queen Margaret – the one character who sees right through Richard from the start and is aware of the pain and destruction he will cause, as he has already killed those closest to her.”
“The women in this production are top-notch artists whose work I’ve admired. Jessica B. Hill’s work as Lady Anne, widowed daughter-in-law of the murdered King Henry remained intensely captivating. Lucy Peacock as Queen Elizabeth is both surly and irascible. As Queen Margaret, Seana McKenna is a regal frightening force to be reckoned with.”
“Seeing this season’s Richard III is a way of visiting the new Tom Patterson Theatre and of honouring the play that opened the Stratford Festival in 1953. The current production itself, however, leaves an entire theatrical side of Richard’s character unrealized and minimizes the power of his opponent and his triumph over Richard. Like Richard’s ridiculously long coronation robe, a crass attempt to outdo Alec Guinness’s robe in 1953, the production tends too often to be spectacle without sense.”
“Antoni Cimolino directs with purpose and a provocative thought-provoking vision of twisted power as the Plantagenet era came to an abrupt end. With Feore’s invigorating performance, a strong acting company and skilled technical staff, an exceedingly taut masterpiece is created.”
“I was especially taken by Jessica B. Hill’s Lady Anne, one of the best I can remember seeing. Now in her seventh season with the Festival, she is coming into her own as a fine Shakespearean actor. She shows every promise of becoming a worthy successor to Peacock and McKenna. Let’s hope the Festival continues to nurture her growth as an artist.”
“It’s the murders planned and executed in front of us that are most engrossing – starting with that of Michael Blake’s soulful Clarence who nearly convinces his killers to back down, before his body gets dumped unceremoniously down one of those new traps.”