Great Performances: Richard III

Great Performances: Richard III

Fri, 05/19/2023 - 9:00pm

Danai Gurira

Provided by PBS

Experience The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare at the Park production of Shakespeare’s tragedy starring Danai Gurira in the title role. 

As part of its annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup, Great Performances raises the curtain this spring on The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III premiering Friday, May 19 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Starring Danai Gurira (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “The Walking Dead”) in the title role with Tony Award winner Ali Stroker (“Oklahoma!”) as Anne, Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Broadway’s “Slave Play) directs this Shakespearean tragedy spotlighting one of The Bard’s most indelible villains as part of Great Performances’ 50th anniversary season.

Did you know? American actress, author and singer Ali Stroker is the first wheelchair-using actor to appear on a Broadway stage, and also the first to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. 

Guided by his lust for power and the throne, Danai Gurira gives a performance that The New York Times called “unflaggingly energetic” and “vocally thrilling.” Richard III uses his words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice by manipulating, kidnapping and killing all who stand between him and the throne. The energetic production features the use of American Sign Language, a revolving set and dance sequences.

Did you know? American actress, author and singer Ali Stroker is the first wheelchair-using actor to appear on a Broadway stage, and also the first to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. #movetoinclude #inclusionmatters