Richard III starring Colm Feore comes to Stratfest@Home

The Stratford Festival. Image credit: X/@stratfest

Directed by Antoni Cimolino, this acclaimed production

is available for streaming as of January 12

January 11, 2024… The Stratford Festival’s acclaimed 2022 production of Richard III featuring Colm Feore in the title role is now coming to Stratfest@Home, the Festival’s subscription streaming service, for national and international viewing. This spectacular production, directed for the stage by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and for film by Barry Avrich, shines new light on Shakespeare’s tale of lethal ambition.

“Shakespeare’s work is very cinematic in its structure and this play, with its ruthless, cunning and charismatic protagonist, translates brilliantly to the big screen,” says Cimolino. “Colm Feore gives a masterful performance as Richard and is supported by powerful performances by our finest actors.”

The cast includes Sean Arbuckle as Earl Rivers, Michael Blake as George, Duke of Clarence, Ben Carlson as Lord William Hastings, David Collins as Lord Stanley (Earl of Derby), Jessica B. Hill as Lady Anne, Diana Leblanc as Duchess of York, Seana McKenna as Queen Margaret, Lucy Peacock as Queen Elizabeth, André Sills as Duke of Buckingham and Emilio Vieira as Sir William Catesby.

“When you combine the brilliant and iconic Shakespeare prose with the unbridled power of Colm Feore, the result is pure cinematic bliss,” says Avrich, who is also the producer of the film. “Having produced and directed close to 20 of these filmed productions, I can assert that this one is a career highlight for me.” 

Shakespeare’s Richard – the Duke of Gloucester when the play begins – is the embodiment of lethal ambition, manoeuvring and murdering his way to the throne of England. But once he has reached the top, the only way left to go is down – and in Richard’s growing roster of vengeful enemies, none are more menacing than the ghosts of his past.

“The historical Richard, like Shakespeare’s tyrant,” says Cimolino, “was defeated and killed. But he was replaced by a much more sophisticated police state, under regimes that were more cruel and more effective at political manipulation. The text of Richard III is an example of that manipulation. Yet it is also a subversive indictment of tyranny, revealing the tricks used to deceive and manipulate.”

This was the production chosen to open the Stratford Festival’s glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, winner of five major architectural awards and dubbed “the best new theatre in years” by The New York Times. As the run occurred in 2022, at a time when the pandemic was still limiting theatre attendance, this addition to Stratfest@Home will allow audiences who missed the live production to share in the momentous event and offers others a chance to relive the experience.

Subscribe to Stratfest@Home for just $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year to gain access to Richard III and the best in Canadian digital theatrical productions, including more of the Stratford Festival’s acclaimed Shakespeare films, selected productions from recent seasons, original digital content and selected events from the Festival’s Meighen Forum, along with documentaries and original content from across the country.

Richard III is also available to rent for $4.99 or purchase for $24.99 by visiting STRATFEST@HOME (