Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kevin Spacey – Round-up of Reviews

A round-up of reviews of Richard III at the Old Vic Theatre starring Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey as Richard III at the Old Vic
Kevin Spacey as Richard III at the Old Vic

The final season of the Old Vic’s The Bridge Project sees Kevin Spacey in the title role of Richard III, directed by Sam Mendes.

See a round-up of reviews for Richard III, below.

Average rating score for this production


"I shall remember Spacey's Richard less for its political insight into the world of Gaddafi and Mubarak than for its psychological understanding of solitude. In the excellently staged eve-of-Bosworth scene, where Richard's victims sit behind a long table like a committee of the dead, Spacey cries, "there is no creature loves me". That strikes me as the keystone of a superb performance."

"Though Mendes’s production with his Anglo-American Bridge Project company is fluent and lucid, it lacks the striking invention and disconcerting dreamlike atmosphere of Edward Hall’s production now running at Hampstead."

"There have, it's true, been more creepily charismatic and more unnerving portrayals of Shakespeare's Machiavellian villain. But Spacey's performance combines instinctive, stage-commanding authority with lovely, droll touches of drop-dead understatement."

"This profoundly political production warns that royal pageantry and the ardour of crowds are twisted by the powerful to their own ends."

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