Richard The Thrid

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorHigh School, 11th grade February 2002

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I saw two productions of Richard III and felt that both were lacking in some way; the theatrical production, which was directed by Andrew Potter could be summed up as humorous but lacking in profundity and the film in general was rather dreary, maintaining an unchanging tone throughout most of its entirety. The theatrical production was entertaining but failed to show the depth of characters and variation as it was too focused on amusing the audience. As a result we were only able to see Richard as the witty villain throughout the play. Had it been my production I would give Richard a tinge of humour when he played the villain but make him realistic in his other roles. However, an idea that I would incorporate from the theatre into my piece would be using the name sign to show Richard's deformity; his sign spells his name as 'Richud'. This was a unique idea that amused the audience but still managed to show his deformity.

In the theatre, Act 1: Scene 2 was set at Prince Edward's funeral. Edward lay on the floor with his upraised ankles resting on the overturned chair, a sign bearing his name hung from his toes lending a comical edge to what should be a solemn scene. That Edward's corpse, Anne's husband, is constantly on the stage reminds Anne as well as the audience of Richard's terrible deed, making it harder for him to win her and the audience over. The scene begins with a drably clothed Anne weeping over Edward's body. Richard, whose black attire reflects his inner evil, then enters the scene with a mocking air. The film, in comparison, was set, with a less comic tone, in a grim war hospital morgue. It begins with Anne walking down a corridor, the image...