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The Tragedy of Richard III Drama Review The Red Deer College Theatre Studies presentation of Richard III by William Shakespeare was excellent The production really brought the book to life adding everything from a few different twists and turns then in the original script to Richard being quite comedic but still extremely sinister Although while reading the script of Richard III I found the play to be particularly morbid tragically depressing and of course almost impossible to relate to I sincerely enjoyed the stage show There were a few things that the theatre studies group changed from the original script by William Shakespeare Some are major and some are minor but they all deserve mentioning The first change I noticed was in the opening act in the original script the play begins with Richard the third revealing to the audience his villainous intentions but in the RDC presentation the play opens with the citizens of the country mourning the death of their beloved King Some other changes occurred later on in the play In Act 3 Scene 2 the original text calls for the messenger to find Lord Hastings played by Roy Neilson at his residence whereas in the stage show the messenger finds Hastings in the courtyard with his mistress I assumed this change was done to accommodate the set Another big change happened in Act 2 Scene 2 where the production made it look like Richard III played by Chris Schulz and his followers poisoned King Edwards drink and therefore killed him but there is no mention of that in the book There were a few other things that were changed due to the productions interpretation of the play For example in Act 2 Scene 2 Clarences daughter played by Meghan Draus was playing with a childs riding horse but there is no mention of this in the original script I see this as foreshadowing to the famous lines A horse a
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