Now is the Winter (2 stars)

This article is from 2010

Now is the Winter

Confusion abounds

Unless you’re seriously intimate with Shakespeare’s original give this a miss. This one-woman reinterpretation of Richard III retells the story from his ascendancy to the battle of Bosworth through the eyes of a faithful servant. A challenging notion, but there’s a reason Shakespeare wrote this for an ensemble. Confusion abounds. All credit goes to performer Helen McGregor for a committed effort, but as a concept, this drags.

Augustine’s, 510 0022, until 30 Aug, 6.45pm, £8 (£6).

Now is the Winter

  • 2 stars

Shakespeare dramatized the only Richard III he could at the time. Elizabeth I, whose grandfather Henry VII had defeated Richard at Bosworth, was on the throne and every contemporary account of Richard presented an ambitious, usurping and deformed fiend who murdered his own nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Many have…