richard III redux OR ‘Sara Beer (is/not) richard III’

Thursday 8 March - Saturday 17 March


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richard III redux OR ‘Sara Beer (is/not) richard III’

The Llanarth Group

Richard III: Bogeyman. Villain. Evil incarnate.

Or is he?

What if he is she?

What if the ‘ hideous…. deformed, hobbling, hunchbacked cripple’ is portrayed by someone funny, female, feminist, and with the same form of scoliosis?

How might the story change, the body change, the acting change, the character change when explored by a disabled actress with deadly comic timing and a dislike for horses? How would previous star vehicle Richards measure up? Olivier, McKellan, Pacino, Sher – watch out – the mighty Richard III Redux has you in the frame….

Following their critically acclaimed collaboration on Cosy, Sara Beer will take on Richard III and his previous (non-disabled) interpreters with award-winning playwright Kaite O'Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli, joined by filmmaker Paul Whittaker.

Tickets: £12/£10

Running time: 75 mins no interval

Age 14+


Every performance will be live-captioned and a touch tour and description of the visual aspects of the performance will be available before each performance. Just arrive 1 hour before the start time and Kaite O'Reilly will meet you at the box office. 

Hear Kaite O’Reilly and actor Sara Beer on BBC Radio Wales, Good Morning Wales discussing the thinking behind the show (at 1.52:44)  

Visit Kaite O'Reilly's blog for behind the scenes info. Read more about the show in Exeunt Magazine and Disability Horizons

richard III redux OR Sara Beer [IS/NOT] richard III from THE LLANARTH GROUP on Vimeo.

"a bold, informative, occasionally traumatic, and irreverently amusing 70 minutes of theatre"
British Theatre Guide
"Beer is a captivating figure on stage, charming and erudite, extremely good company"
Wales Arts Review
"mixing demonstrably excellent work by disabled people with biting social comment... my best advice is go and see it. You won’t regret it."
Disability Arts Online
"a very relevant and urgent piece of theatre"
The Stage (paywall)
"captivating... confirmed by the loud, loving, standing ovation"
Michael Kelligan, Theatre in Wales
"O Reilly is a writer to cherish…"
Lyn Gardner - The Guardian

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