Tickets start at $35.
Reimagining Shakespeare’s rabidly ambitious king with a confrontational interpretation, Thomas Ostermeier returns to BAM with Richard III. The influential German director and artistic head of Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre turns Shakespeare’s study of evil into a gritty, unflinching spectacle.
The full-throttle adaptation is set in a mud-splattered arena, designed by Jan Pappelbaum, where glitter falls from the sky as a club-footed sociopath stalks the stage. Playwright Marius von Mayenburg converts Shakespeare’s poetic pentameter to forthright prose and Lars Eidinger portrays the antihero as part rock star, part ghoulish comedian. The production isn’t restricted to the demonization of one man––it is also a portrait of a powerful elite torn apart by internal strife, out of whose midst a perverse dictator emerges.