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Richard III: An Arab Tragedy (Richard III: An Arab Tragedy)

Richard III: An Arab Tragedy

In this world of tribal allegiances, family in-fighting, and absolute power, the questions of leadership, religion, and foreign intervention at the heart of Shakespeare's play take on powerful new meanings in a modern Arab-Islamic context.

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Based on the classic play by William Shakespeare
Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company
Adapted and directed by Sulayman Al-Bassam

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Richard III: An Arab Tragedy 
In this world of tribal allegiances, family in-fighting, and absolute power, the questions of leadership, religion, and foreign intervention at the heart of Shakespeare's play take on powerful new meanings in a modern Arab-Islamic context. Accompanied by a live musical score, "this is a punchy, irreverent makeover that retools Shakespeare for the world of Saddam, the CIA, and the House of Saud" (London's The Guardian). Al-Bassam and his international company of "poetic, intensely physical, and marvelously inventive" (The Scotsman) artists offer a riveting window into the richness of Arabian Gulf culture--from its social customs and musical heritage to some of its darker mystical rituals. Performed in Arabic with English surtitles.
 
Performance Plus: On March 6, join a post-performance discussion, free with your performance ticket.
 
Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World

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