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Two Roses for Richard III is Brazilian theatre company Companhia BufoMecânica’s visual interpretation of Richard III, commissioned for the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival. The production blended theatre with acrobatics, multimedia displays and circus. Directors Claudio Baltar and Fábio Ferreira introduced ingenious visual devices: the princes are suspended in cages, Clarence swings to his death on a ladder. There were also multiple Richards on the stage to suggest the contagious nature of evil. It has received mixed reviews even though most reviewers positively noted the production’s stunning visual power.
Two Roses for Richard was performed in Portuguese with English subtitles from 7 – 12 May 2012 at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and 18- 23 May 2012 at the Roundhouse in London.
João Lucas Romero
Directors – Cláudio Baltar and Fábio Ferreira
Set Designer – Rostand Albuquerque
Costume Designer – Rosa Magalhães
Assistant Director – Gabriela Bonomo
Technical Co-ordinator – Adriana Ortiz
Production Co-ordinators – Ana Luisa Lima and Denise Escudero
Production Assistant – Mariana Matos
Musicians – Antonio de Padua and Fabiano Krieger
International Producer – Matthias Pees
Body Trainer – Paulo Mantuano
Aerial Trainer – Renato Linhares
Rigger – Antonio Oliveira
Props Master – Cuarassy Del Nery
Stage Manager – Hugo Siqueira
Video Operators – Renato Vilarouca and Ricardo Vilarouca
Production info on RSC website.
Review by Ian Shuttleworth, The Financial Times
Review by Jason A. Burg
Review by Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Production notes written by Cris Busato Smith
Interview with directors
Note: 'The spirit of Shakespeare is alive'
The directors of Two Roses for Richard III in conversation with World Shakespeare Festival Director Deborah Shaw.
Brazilian theatre company Companhia Bufomecânica reopen The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon with their beautiful and stylized production Two Roses for Richard III, which then transfers to the Roundhouse in London.
A visually stunning interpretation of Shakespeare's history plays, it combines theatre, music, circus, aerial skills and striking imagery to create an innovative retelling of Shakespeare's most famous stories.
Two Roses for Richard III plays at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upn-Avon from 7-12 May 2012 and at the Roundhouse, London from 18-23 May 2012.