Cell phone with image of bones on itBy William Shakespeare

Adapted by: Toby Malone

Directed by: Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Performances: November 13-16, 2013

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building


Re-imagined into our modern, media-driven world, the UWaterloo Drama production of Shakespeare's Richard III presented a fresh take on the nature of power and the manner in which public discourse is deployed, distorted, and manipulated in our highly mediated society.

Richard III remains the world’s most popular history play, a reputation only heightened by the 2013 discovery of the historical king’s bones under an English parking lot.  Richard’s relentless rise to power shows that tyranny relies as much on mass-acceptance as force or manipulation, and sometimes that trajectory can be slowed by the simplest acts of resistance. Reimagined into our modern, media-driven world, UWaterloo Drama’s Richard III presented a fresh take on the nature of power and manner in which public discourse is deployed, distorted, and manipulated in our highly mediated society.

Aided by faculty, staff, alumnus and student designers, Bill Chesney (Set/props), Sharon E. Secord (costumes), Tallen Kay and Paul Cegys (video) and Hilary Pitman (lighting), director Jennifer Roberts-Smith created a modern world where social media, real life, and high-definition staged broadcasts vied for the audience’s attention. Set in a mediated observatory that gave Richard the power to see and be seen, this new adaptation asked what the history of the maligned English monarch could tell us about ourselves. Is tyranny any more visible to us in the hyper-mediated age of the Internet than it was in Shakespeare's time? How can we know it when we see it? And when and how should we oppose it?


King Edward's Faction
King Edward IV - Patrick Pinnell
The Duke of Clarence - Derek McGill
The Duchess of York - Meghan Jones
Sir William Hastings - Adam Lemieux
Brakenbury - Erik Johnson
Queen Elizabeth's Faction
Queen Elizabeth - Leah Magdalen
The Young King - Alan Shonfield
The Duke of York - Tyler Collins
Earl Rivers - Alan Shonfield
Duke of Gloucester's Faction
Richard - Ryan Bassett
Buckingham - Andreea Hluscu
Catesby - Jessica Blondin
Techie - Mollie Garrett
James Tyrell - Derrick Rabethge
Lady Anne Neville's Faction
Lady Anne Neville - Kandi Prosser
Prince Edward - Brendan Stehouwer
King Henry IV - Sam Beuerle
Lord Mayor of London's Faction
Mayor - William Innes
Lord Stanley - James Miniou
Young George - Tyler Collins
Earl of Richmond - Alan Shonfield
Citizens - Soo-Ram Kim, Shantanu Thaivalappil, Laura McVey, Rebecca Birrell, Holly Bouillon

Creative team

Director - Jennifer Roberts-Smith
Dramaturg - Toby Malone
Set/Props Designer - William Chesney
Lighting Designer - Hilary Pitman
Costume Designer - Sharon E. Secord
Video Designer - Tallen Kay
Sound Designer - Gill Lesperance
Fight Director - Daniel Levinson
Make-up Artist for video - Cassandra Cline

Design Consultant - Paul Cegys

Stage Manager - Kelly Conland
Assistant Stage Managers - Kelsey Sewell, Jackie Mahoney, Carleigh MacDonald


Production Manager - Janelle Rainville

Technical Director - Gill Lesperance

Assistant Production Manager - Jane Honek

Head of Carpentry - Michael To

Head of Props/Paint - Madeline Samms

Head of Wardrobe -  Martina Commisso

Head of Lighting - Sam Beuerle

Head of Video - Eric Kim

Head of Sound - Stefan Radic

Head of Publicity - Katie Stewart

Fight Captains - Derrick Rabethge & Soo-Ram Kim

Crew: Carla Rodrigo, Lorena Almanaz, Meghan Landers, Mollie Garrett, Nicole Amaral, Sydney Spidell, Alice Wang, Andrew Labre, Cameron Jolliffe, Carly Derderian, Marielle Lyon, Zac Gungl.

Special thanks to

Theatre Aquarius
Shaw Festival
Young People's Theatre
Barb Martin
Mary-Jo Carter Dodd
Zac Gungl
Katie Smith
Cassadra Cline
Glenn Stillar
Kevin McLeod
Jennifer Janik
Jill Tomasson Goodwin
Dave Goodwin
Kevin Hansen
Christian Cameron
Will Innes
Ketih McGowan
Nevill Bromley
Christie Digital Systems
Jane Honek
Mark Haasnoot