Bell’s Richard III, with a woman in the lead, is not automatically feminist (The Guardian)

‘It’s no surprise that director Peter Evans, who is also Bell Shakespeare’s artistic director, has sensed parallels between Richard’s rise to power and the current global climate, and invited onstage an actor who can relate to the impact of disability on Richard’s life.

But in a Q&A located in the show’s program, he describes his new take as “completely about Trump”. This never rings true onstage. It’s a cohesive and confident production, nicely paced and well-performed. But Mulvany’s Richard is so singular and subtle (per Shakespeare’s frequent description of the man) that it doesn’t align with Trump’s highly public profile and bombast at all.’ … READ MORE

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