The Public Theater's summer 2022 production of Richard III, part of the Free Shakespeare in the Park season at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, will debut on PBS May 19 at 9 PM ET as part of the 50th anniversary season of Great Performances. Check local listings. Part of Great Performances' annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup, the program will also be available to stream on the PBS App.
Get a sneak peek of the upcoming broadcast in the video above as Danai Gurira, starring in the title role, delivers Richard III's opening monologue.
The Off-Broadway production of Richard III concluded its run July 17, 2022, after beginning previews June 22 and opening June 30. Read reviews for the limited engagement here.
Gurira starred 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, Tony winner Ali Stroker as Anne, Sharon Washington as Queen Margaret, and Daniel J. Watts as Catesby Ratcliffe.
Included in the ensemble were Maleni Chaitoo, Thaddeus Fitzpatrick, Skyler Gallun, Sarah Nina Hayon, Matthew Jeffers, Matt Monaco, Xavier Pacheco, Marcus Raye Pérez, Grace Porter, N'yomi Stewart, and Joe Mucciolo plus understudy Thomas DellaMonica.
Tony nominee Robert O'Hara (Slave Play) directed the production. The creative team also featured 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 served as intimacy director, Bryan Bauer as production stage manager, and Heather Englander as stage manager. Sound design and composition were by Elisheba Ittoop with Neil Sprouse as director of artistic sign language and Delacorte sound system design by Daniel Lundberg.
Great Performances: Richard III is a production of The WNET Group in association with The Public Theater, produced by Mitch Owgang and directed for television by David Horn. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer, and David Horn is executive producer.