DruidShakespeare: Richard III

We continued our exploration of Shakespeare's kings with a new production, DruidShakespeare: Richard III, with the acclaimed creative team and members of the Druid Ensemble who worked on DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V in 2015. The production opened at Town Hall Theatre, Galway during September 2018, before transferring to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in October as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

When peace descends, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is not a happy man. Crippled from birth and intensely ambitious, he sets about bending the world to his own desires. No bond is too sacred, no blood too thick – nothing will stand between Richard and the crown.

Shakespeare gives us one of the great villains in Richard III, in a chilling and darkly comic story of power and ambition.

‘Striking, intoxicating, disturbing’- The Irish Times
‘…soaring performances and lustrous design’- The Irish Independent
‘A coherent symphony of crafted perfection’- The Sunday Times

Winner at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2018

Best Production

Best Costume Design - Francis O'Connor & Doreen McKenna Best Set Design - Francis O'Connor



  • Richard III Aaron Monaghan
  • Cast Marie Mullen
  • Seán McGinley
  • Jane Brennan
  • Ingrid Craigie
  • Garrett Lombard
  • Rory Nolan
  • Marty Rea
  • Peter Daly
  • John Olohan
  • Siobhán Cullen
  • Zara Devlin
  • Frank Blake

Creative Team

  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Design Francis O'Connor
  • Lighting Design James F. ingalls
  • Movement Director David Bolger
  • Sound Design Gregory Clarke
  • Music Conor Linehan
  • Co-Costume Design Doreen McKenna
  • Dramaturg Thomas Conway
  • Assistant Dramaturg Eleanor White
  • Casting Consultant Maureen Hughes

Production Team

  • Deputy Stage Manager Jean Hally
  • Assistant Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
  • Costume Assistants Amanda Donovan, Gemma Kavanagh, Jingyi Zhang
  • Hair & Make Up Val Sherlock
  • Master Carpenters Gus Dewar, Pete Nelson
  • Carpenters Arthur Bell, Richard Curwood, Gavin Morgan, Tony O'Reilly
  • Chief Electrician Shannon Light
  • Technicians Colm Robinson, Sarah Timmins
  • Set Construction Druid
  • Scenic Artist Rachel Towey
  • Scenic Painter Ruth Clinton
  • Props Gill Christie
  • Production Photography Robbie Jack
  • Publicity Photography Boyd Challenger
  • Graphic Design Gareth Jones
  • Video Myles Shelly
  • PR Bowe Communications