Experience The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare at the Park production of “Richard III” on GREAT PERFORMANCES – May 19

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Great Performances Presents World Broadcast Premiere of The Public Theater’s Richard III Starring Danai Gurira Directed by Robert O’Hara May 19 on PBS


As part of its annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup, Great Performances raises the curtain this spring on The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III premiering Friday, May 19 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS, and the PBS App.

Monique Holt and Ali Stroker in GREAT PERFORMANCES: RICHARD III.
Monique Holt and Ali Stroker in GREAT PERFORMANCES: RICHARD III.

Starring Danai Gurira (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “The Walking Dead”) in the title role with Tony Award winner Ali Stroker (“Oklahoma!”) as Anne, Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Broadway’s “Slave Play) directs this Shakespearean tragedy spotlighting one of The Bard’s most indelible villains as part of Great Performances’ 50th anniversary season.

Guided by his lust for power and the throne, Danai Gurira gives a performance that The New York Times called “unflaggingly energetic” and “vocally thrilling.” Richard III uses his words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice by manipulating, kidnapping and killing all who stand between him and the throne. The energetic production features the use of American Sign Language, a revolving set and dance sequences.


Recorded live in July 2022 from Central Park’s outdoor Delacorte Theater, the cast also includes Maleni Chaitoo (Ensemble), Wyatt Cirbus (Prince of Wales), Thomas DellaMonica (Understudy Ensemble), Sanjit De Silva (Buckingham), Sam Duncan (Duke of York), Thaddeus S. Fitzpatrick (Ensemble), Skyler Gallun (Ensemble), Sarah Nina Hayon (Ensemble), Monique Holt (Duchess of York), Matthew August Jeffers (Ensemble), Matt Monaco (Ensemble), Gregg Mozgala (King Edward IV/Richmond (King Henry VII)), Joe Mucciolo (Ensemble), Paul Niebanck (George), Xavier Pacheco (Ensemble), Marcus Raye Pérez (Ensemble), Grace Porter (Ensemble), Michael Potts (Lord Stanley), Ariel Shafir (Lord Hastings), Heather Alicia Simms (Queen Elizabeth), N’yomi Stewart (Ensemble), Sharon Washington (Queen Margaret) and Daniel J. Watts (Catesby Ratcliffe).

Great Performances: Richard III will be part of the series’ Broadway’s Best lineup premiering in May 2023. Additional “Broadway’s Best” programs will be announced at a later date.