Reviews: What Did Critics Think of The Public's Danai Gurira-Led Richard III in Central Park? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of The Public's Danai Gurira-Led Richard III in Central Park?

The stage and screen actor leads the cast as the titular character.

Danai Gurira and Matthew August Jeffers in Richard III Joan Marcus

The reviews are in! Richard III, presented as part of The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park season, officially opened July 10 following delayed previews which began June 22 and a company opening night June 30. Performances are set to continue through July 17.

Danai Gurira leads the cast as Richard III, joined by Wyatt Cirbus as Prince of Wales, Sanjit De Silva as Buckingham, Sam Duncan as Duke of York, Monique Holt as Duchess of York, Gregg Mozgala as King Edward IV and as Richmond, Paul Niebanck as George, Michael Potts as Lord Stanley, Ariel Shafir as Lord Hastings, Heather Alicia Simmsas Queen Elizabeth, Ali Stroker as Anne, Sharon Washington as Queen Margaret, and Daniel J. Watts as Catesby Ratcliffe.

Read the reviews here. 

AM New York (Matt Windman)

CitiTour (Brian Scott Lipton

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

NY Stage Review (David Finkle)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

The New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)

Observer (David Cote)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Variety (Daniel D'Addario)

Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Included in the ensemble are Maleni Chaitoo, Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Skyler Gallun, Sarah Nina Hayon, Matthew Jeffers, Matt Monaco, Xavier Pacheco, Marcus Raye Pérez, Grace Porter, and N'yomi Stewart.

Tony nominee Robert O'Hara (Slave Play) directs the production. The creative team also features scenic designer Myung Hee Cho, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Alex Jainchill, hair and wig designer Nikiya Mathis, fight directors Teniece Divya Johnson and Jeremy Sample, and movement director Byron Easley. Johnson also serves as intimacy director, Bryan Bauer as production stage manager, and Heather Englander as stage manager. Sound design and composition are by Elisheba Ittoop.

Richard III was last seen on The Delacorte stage in 1990 with Denzel Washington in the title role. Free Shakespeare in the Park's second summer production, Public Works' As You Like It, will begin its run August 10.


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