Harborough actors take on roles for Bard’s Richard III

Frances Pooley
Frances Pooley

Two young actors from the Harborough district are to appear in a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s Richard III to be staged at The Curve in Leicester.

Frances Pooley (17), from Market Harborough, will play the granddaughter of the Duchess of York in the show, while 22-year-old Emily Mawer, from Kibworth, will play Queen Elizabeth.

The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, is the latest in Curve’s long line of community productions and will run from Saturday July 25 to Sunday August 9.

Frances said: “I wanted to audition as it was a great opportunity to be part of the historical events surrounding Richard III in Leicester.

“It’s been great working with a professional team and I’ve really learnt about how to approach a play; the company have been so welcoming and have made it easy to understand a brilliant yet challenging play.”

For Emily, it was looking on the internet that gave her the impetus to get involved.

She said: “I saw the advert for auditions on Curve’s Twitter and thought I should apply.

“It’s got me back into acting again and reminded me how much I enjoy it.

“The Curve is a brilliant venue, very much part of Leicester’s community, and I’ve really enjoyed working with the show’s director Nikolai and the professional actors in the cast.”

Following the outstanding success of previous Curve Community productions of Annie, Rent, Sweeney Todd and ‘Oliver!’, it is a contemporary production of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works. It has been re-located to contemporary Russia, and this thrilling and politically charged production will see the Studio Theatre reconfigured by acclaimed stage designer Matthew Wright.

Nikolai Foster said: “In a year that has seen our city and county invigorated by the re interment of RichardIII, we thought it fitting to look at Shakespeare’s tragedy through contemporary eyes.

“While we recognise the real King Richard and Shakespeare’s character aren’t the same, we feel this is a great opportunity to present this play in our city.

Tickets cost from £12.50 to £18.50 and are available from www.curveonline.co.uk or call 0116 2423595