Shakespeare Schools Foundation invites you to join the jury for what promises to be a landmark case in UK history.
Shakespeare’s King Richard III is standing trial for the murder of heirs, rivals, friends and wives on Sunday 29 April 2018 at the West End’s Novello Theatre.
This unique fundraising event will see top criminal barristers, a killer cast of celebrity performers and young people from our nationwide Festival unite on stage to perform a one night only theatrical production.
Court of Appeal judge Lady Justice Hallett will preside over the courtroom alongside four top criminal barristers. John Kelsey-Fry QC and Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC will form the defence while Ian Winter QC and Jonathan Laidlaw QC form the prosecution.
Celebrity actors will take to the stand to provide evidence including David Oakes (ITV's Victoria) as Duke of Buckingham. Jury Foreman Hugh Dennis will host the evening with spokespeople including Professor Russell Jackson. Young people from Shakespeare Schools Festival will transfer their performances to the West End to give the audience a taste of the play. The fate of England’s most notorious king ultimately sits with over 1000 audience members forming the jury in a case that could change the course of history.
SSF is thrilled to work with BAFTA award winning playwright Jonathan Myerson and Northern Stage Associate Director, Elayce Ismail on this unique fundraising production which will raise the vital funds needed to ensure our work continues.
Join us on Sunday 29 April, Novello Theatre, to either acquit or convict King Richard III.