Richard III

A deformed soldier returns victorious from the battlefield. His physical appearance, and thirst for violence, prevent him from adjusting to peace.

While the rest of the army become lovers and partygoers, Richard channels his energy into his next target: murdering his way to the crown.

An epic production performed in The Faction's trademark physical style by a diverse ensemble of 21 performers directed by Artistic Director Mark Leipacher.

In this highly physical show, the actors use their bodies to create every element they need to tell the story from ghosts, to the Tower of London, and even a horse going into battle. The production contains many unforgettable theatrical moments.

The Faction are a New Diorama Associate Ensemble. This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund. 


An Associate Ensemble of New Diorama Theatre, The Faction has a vision of a permanent European ensemble, in a home venue, with a rolling repertoire of plays.

As one of the few UK companies working in repertory they provide an essential experience for the theatregoers of today and the emerging artists of tomorrow. They interpret classical texts with a contemporary aesthetic and intensely physical style to engage and excite local, national and international audiences.

Peter Brook / Empty Space Award winners
Best Ensemble

Off West End Award winners
Best Ensemble


★★★★ "An intelligent, assured and kinetic take on Shakespeare." The Stage


"A production that feels immediate, physical and powerful." Exeunt Magazine


"this is epic, physical theatre” Time Out