Richard III

by William Shakespearedirected by Malcolm Brown
December 1978
The Civic Theatre

Leeds Arts Centre performed Richard III in December 1978.

Costume designs

The costumes for this production were designed by Malcolm Brown; some of the original drawings can be seen here.

Set designs

The set for this production was designed by Malcolm Brown; an original drawing can be seen here.


The House of York
King Edward The FourthGeoffrey Fox
Queen Elizabeth, formerly Lady Grey, Edward’s wifeBetty Triggs
Edward, Prince of Wales, afterwards Kind Edward V, Edward IV’s sonJonathan Benson
Richard, Duke of York, Edward IV’s sonMatthew Benson
Princess Elizabeth, Edward IV’s daughterJoanna Eaves
Duchess of York, Edward IV’s motherJune Stevenson
George, Duke of Clarence, Edward IV’s brotherRob Swinton
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterwards King Richard III, Edward IV’s brotherRobin Polley
The House of Lancaster
Queen Margaret, widow of King Henry VIMonica Brown
Lady Anne, widow of Prince Edward, son of Henry VI, afterwards married to GloucesterMargaret Artle
Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, afterwards King Henry VIIChris Richmond
Lords and Commons
Lord Hastings, the Lord ChamberlainJohn Armitage
John Morton, Bishop of ElyGeorge Teale
Duke of BuckinghamLen Sheldon
Duke of NorfolkRobin Clayton
Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby, step-father of RichmondTrevor Money
Anthony Woodville, Earl of Rivers, brother of Queen ElizabethJim Young
Jane Shore, mistress of Edward IV, and afterwards of Lord HastingsChristine Wilson
Sir William Catesby, a follower of GloucesterGordon Carlin
Sir Richard Ratcliffe, a follower of GloucesterGeoff Mountain
Sir James Tyrrel, a follower of GloucesterRob Swinton
Earl of Oxford, a follower of RichmondJohn Lake
Sir James Blunt, a follower of RichmondJim Young
Sir Robert Brakenbury, Lieutenant of the TowerJohn Lake
Lord Mayor of LondonRob Swinton
First MurdererGeoff Mountain
Second MurdererChris Richmond
GuardRobin Clayton
Friars, Citizens, Messengers, GhostsMembers of the Cast

Backstage team

DirectorMalcolm Brown
Stage ManagerGeorge Westmoreland
Assistant Stage ManagerDennis Stevenson
PropertiesDoreen Parker
 Fiona Stevenson
Music and Sound ControlDavid Scott
 Gillian Thresh
Sound RecordingSidney Irving
PromptAnn Benson
Front of House ManagerAnita Mountain
Set and Costume DesignMalcolm Brown
WardrobeAnne Robinson
 Maggie Rhodes
 LAC Team
PublicityChristine Wilson
 LAC Team
Box OfficeMaggie Rhodes
 John Pemberton

Archive documents

The following documents from the production are in the LAC archive.

Download: Programme
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