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Called a “biography of force,” Richard III was one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most enduring successes, in fact the first of his plays to be performed in America. Beginning where the Henry VI trilogy ended, this unflinching portrait of a bent and brutal man is a fast-paced study in concentrated energy. Crowned by means of shameless seduction, lies, and bloodshed, Richard battles to keep his ill-gotten gain against the first of the great Tudor monarchs. As popular with audiences now as it was 400 year ago, Shakespeare closes his epic history cycle with one of the most alluring and repulsive characters in literature.