Play aims to challenge views on Richard III

Elizabeth of York (Emma Sian Cooper) and  ProfessorJohn Skelton (Taresh Solanki). Picture: Nadeem Chugtai
Elizabeth of York (Emma Sian Cooper) and ProfessorJohn Skelton (Taresh Solanki). Picture: Nadeem Chugtai

A fresh telling of the story of Richard III comes to Warwick this month.

Uncle Richard is written by Leamington playwright Richard ES Cooper and presented by award-winning company Tell Tale Theatre.

And with this month marking 530 years since the death of the much-maligned king in battle at Bosworth, Mr Cooper is keen for the audience to see the murderous monarch’s life in a new light.

He said: “Our new play tries to present a little of all the theories about the fate of the princes in the tower so that the audience can make up their own minds.

“The chroniclers from the time are just as biased as the modern media and in many cases even more sensational so it is very hard for us to find

the truth now. I just wonder what Shakespeare would have written had he known what we know now.

Director Taresh Solanki said:

“What struck me on reading the script was how accessible the history is—and how much fun!

“It all boils down to family loyalties and conflict — brothers betraying brothers, strong minded mothers, competing cousins, arranged marriages and unpopular in-laws— everyone can relate to that.

Uncle Richard is being performed at the Warwick Quaker Meeting House at 39 High Street on Thursday August 20 from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, with no interval.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children. Call 0844 824 8600 to book or visit www.wegottickets.co.uk to book.