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New production gives Richard III a twist

Viewed in Brexit's context, the play makes one feel what's happening onstage is just politics as usual

"I knew Brexit was coming when we decided to do the play ("Richard III"). But I had no idea it would be the kind of watercooler conversation it became," says Jesse Eisenberg (above, right), seen here with Alfie Allen in "The Spoils".

As for Ralph Fiennes (above), once he achieves the throne, he is totally exhausted. Towards the end of the play, he notes that he lacks "that alacrity of spirit" that once propelled him endlessly forward.


YOU know these are scary times when Richard III starts to look like real life. Audiences for the Almeida Theater's popular revival of Shakespeare's study of a megalomaniac who plunges his country into civil war may find themselves thinking, "But I know this story, and it's...

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