Movie about Richard III to be Shown at WWU

“Richard III,” a modern day version of a play by William Shakespeare, will be shown at William Woods University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This 1995 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play is set into a hypothetical and fascist 1930s Europe. Richard, played by Ian McKellen, seeks to gain the throne from his elder brother, Edward, by any means within his grasp including murder, marriage, and fratricide.

The movie, which is rated R, was nominated for two Oscars. Annette Bening stars as Queen Elizabeth and Robert Downey Jr. as Lord Rivers.

Katricia Pierson, WWU assistant professor of English, will lead a discussion about the movie and about Shakespeare’s interpretation of history.

“The play is commentary on the War of the Roses, a civil war mitigated by two ruling factions in England,” Pierson said. “Civil war pits neighbor against neighbor, and fathers against sons. In Shakespeare’s rewriting of history he displaces the horror of the war onto women.”