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Richard III: History’s Man and Shakespeare's

Richard III

Tuesday 24 July 2018, 5.00PM to 6.00pm

Speaker(s): Mark Ormrod, Medieval historian and Megan Murray-Pepper, Shakespearean

York Summer of Shakespeare

In celebration of York’s Summer of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre and the University of York proudly present a free public talk and discussion about the historical King Richard III and the Shakespearean character of Richard ahead of the performance of Richard III at the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre that evening.

5pm - 6pm: ‘Richard III: History’s man and Shakespeare’s’

Comparative perspectives on the mythic figure of Richard III.

A lively conversation between Medieval historian Mark Ormrod and Shakespearean Megan Murray-Pepper.

ahead of:

7:30pm Richard III (directed by Lindsay Posner) at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre
(To book theatre tickets, see

Mark Ormrod is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of York. An expert on medieval politics, he is the author of numerous works on English kingship and government in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He was active in the debates that followed the discovery of Richard III's remains at Leicester in 2012 and the campaign to have the last Plantagenet king reinterred in York. He is especially interested in the posthumous reputations of medieval monarchs, and has lectured extensively on the representations of kings in Shakespeare's history plays.

Dr Megan Murray-Pepper is a Shakespearean scholar with a background in playhouse practice and performance at the Globe in London. Her research principally focuses both on Shakespeare’s own sources and on the adaptation and appropriation of Shakespeare’s works across forms and genres.

Venue access: Please note that whilst this first-floor venue is wheelchair-accessible, there is no lift access for mobility scooters.

Location: Huntingdon Room, King's Manor

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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