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Tonight I wrapped up Shakespeare’s War of the Roses tetralogy with Richard III.  This is the play that inspired me to read the entire saga.  I read an article a few weeks ago that described Kevin Spacey’s recent performance as the titular Richard III.  I am a huge fan of Kevin Spacey.  The guy is amazingly versatile, and the picture of him as Richard had me hooked.  When I discovered that this was the last in a series of four plays, I decided to tackle the entire group.  I enjoyed them all, but Richard III is definitely my favorite.

Kevin Spacey as Richard III

I have previously discussed Shakespeare’s amazing psychological insight and masterful depiction of politics. I won’t revisit those themes.  Instead, I will focus on the title character.  Richard is easily one of my favorite Shakespearean villains.  This guy is like Darth Vader and Michael Corleone combined.  Machiavellian doesn’t even begin to describe him.  Richard is the bad guy who you can’t help but like.  The only thing I would change about the play was the ending.  I wish Richard had won in the end.  This isn’t Shakespeare’s fault, as he was restrained by historical events.  Despite the ending, this was an outstanding play and well worth the effort.  Take the time to read all three parts of Henry VI first in order to get the entire back story.

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