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THEATER | 'Richard III: Villain or Hero' 

With the birth of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's first child this week, it's evident that there's an enduring fixation on royals, and British royals in particular. And it's not just the contemporary, popular ones — there's a whole organization, with chapters in various countries, dedicated to clearing the name of one of England's most maligned kings. In no small part due to Shakespeare, the 15th century monarch Richard III has gone down in history as a villain who killed his young nephews and usurped the throne. For centuries audiences have cheered at Shakespeare's words in the doomed king's mouth, just before he was slain in the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses: "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!" Yet, when his body was discovered in 2012 under a parking lot near the field where he was killed, Richard was later given a royal re-burial at Leicester Cathedral that was watched by audiences worldwide. This month, Open Road Theatre is presenting "Richard III: Villain or Hero," a play that aims to unpack history's nuances in two acts. The cast features both adult and youth actors, and audience members will be asked to weigh in.

Wednesday, May 15, through Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue. $17 advance, $20 at the door.


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