Richard III

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 59 reviews)

Richard III is an early history play probably written and performed around 1592-93. It is the culmination of Shakespeare's earlier three plays about Henry VI, and chronicles the bloody career of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. As the play opens, the Wars of the Roses are over, King Edward IV (Richard's brother) is on the throne, and all is ostensibly well. The problem? Richard wants to be king - and he'll stop at nothing to realize his ambition. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

King Edward IV: David Cole
Edward, Prince of Wales: Sandra G
Richard, Duke of York: Tricia G
George, Duke of Clarence: Bob Sherman
Richard, Duke of Gloucester: David Nicol
Son of Clarence: Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Henry, Earl of Richmond; Lord Mayor of London: Mark F. Smith
Cardinal Bourchier; Sir James Blunt: Nullifidian
Archbishop of York; Daughter of Clarence; Page: Availle
Duke of Buckingham: mb
Duke of Norfolk: Bruce Pirie
Earl of Surrey: Lucy Perry
Earl Rivers: Denny Sayers
Marquis of Dorset; Second Citizen: StephenC
Lord Grey: om123
Earl of Oxford; Fourth Messenger: Roger Clifton
Lord Hastings: Peter Bloomfield
Lord Stanley: Andy Minter
Lord Lovel; Sir Walter Herbert: L. Lambert Lawson
Sir Thomas Vaughan; Priest; First Gentleman: David Lawrence
Sir Richard Ratcliff: Filippo Giaochin
Sir William Catesby: Arixa
Sir James Tyrrel; Third Citizen; Ghost of Henry VI: 1evilmofo
Sir Robert Brakenbury: Garrett Fitzgerald
Christopher Urswick: Christopher Caron
Sheriff of Wiltshire; Bishop of Ely; First Murderer: Rismyth
Queen Elizabeth; Scrivener: Elizabeth Klett
Queen Margaret: Ruth Golding
Duchess of York: Karen Savage
Lady Anne: Arielle Lipshaw
Second Murderer; First Citizen; Third Messenger: Sonja
Messenger: Kalynda
Second Messenger: Veronica Jenkins
Pursuivant: Matt Judd
Ghost of Prince Edward: Snaefaxi
Narrator: Diana Majlinger

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett
(3 hr 29 min)


Dramatis Personae 3:33 Read by Diana Majlinger
Act 1 59:43 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 23:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 45:28 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 49:23 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 28:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers



(5 stars)

I LOVE Librivox Shakespeare! It reminds us that we don't have to be professionals to record Shakespeare (though, by the sound of this, more than half of them MUST be!)

A Pleasure

(5 stars)

I absolutely love this! I've been looking everywhere for a copy of this to help with my school work. And it's free! Completely brilliant! I now understand the play far more than I did just reading it


(4.5 stars)

This was an excellent reading. All the reader's done an excellent job but the two that stood out for me were the ones playing Queen Margaret and Richard iii, they did themselves proud

(5 stars)

An amazing end and culmination to Shakespeare's eight plays long Wars of the Roses saga. The charismatic and diabolic Richard III is undoubtedly one of literature's most iconic villains.

(4 stars)

good reading, pretty good audio quality throughout.

Good script... Poor Acting

(3 stars)

Sad that Americans can no longer discern true acting from false. The words are magnificent, but spoken with stiff wood. BTW: now that we truly know the exact facts of Richard's being and demise, along with the falsehood of some if his knights, it is gladdening to know that whomever this writer was, got it RIGHT.


(3.5 stars)

Strangely, my favorite Shakespeare thus far. The readers are wonderful. I’m so grateful to be able to listen and read! The gentleman who read Richard is incredible and I probably even have a little crush on how he read Richard! Well done!

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(0 stars)

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