WATCH: Shakespeare in the Park's Richard III to Stream for Free This Week

WATCH: Shakespeare in the Park's Richard III to Stream for Free This Week

"Richard III," the thrilling Shakespearean production filmed live at New York's Delacorte Theater, will be part of the annual "Broadway's Best" programming and premiere on PBS later this week!

The title role of Richard III is portrayed by Danai Gurira, known for her roles in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "The Walking Dead." Tony Award winner Ali Stroker, who starred in "Oklahoma!," will play the character Anne.

Robert O'Hara, renowned for his work on Broadway's "Slave Play," directs this captivating Shakespearean tragedy that shines a spotlight on one of The Bard's most unforgettable villains.

Watch newly-released clips from the filmed production below:



Originally produced for The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park season in 2022, the premiere of "Richard III" will take place on Friday, May 19, at 9 PM ET on PBS (check local listings). Additionally, the production will be available for free streaming on the PBS Great Performance website on the same date. Viewers can enjoy free streaming of the program for at least 30 days, and afterwards, it will be accessible through PBS Passport.

Guided by his insatiable hunger for power and the throne, Richard III skillfully conceals his dismantling of government and justice by manipulating, kidnapping, and eliminating anyone who stands in his way.



This energetic production features the innovative use of American Sign Language, a revolving set, and captivating dance sequences. Recorded live in July 2022 at Central Park's outdoor Delacorte Theater, the cast also includes Maleni Chaitoo (Ensemble), Wyatt Cirbus (Prince of Wales), Thomas DellaMonica (Understudy Ensemble), Sanjit De Silva (Buckingham), Sam Duncan (Duke of York), Thaddeus S. Fitzpatrick (Ensemble), Skyler Gallun (Ensemble), Sarah Nina Hayon (Ensemble), Monique Holt (Duchess of York), Matthew August Jeffers (Ensemble), Matt Monaco (Ensemble), Gregg Mozgala (King Edward IV/Richmond (King Henry VII)), Joe Mucciolo (Ensemble), Paul Niebanck (George), Xavier Pacheco (Ensemble), Marcus Raye Pérez (Ensemble), Grace Porter (Ensemble), Michael Potts (Lord Stanley), Ariel Shafir (Lord Hastings), Heather Alicia Simms (Queen Elizabeth), N'yomi Stewart (Ensemble), Sharon Washington (Queen Margaret), and Daniel J. Watts (Catesby Ratcliffe).

Daniel D'Addario, in his review for Variety, praises O'Hara and the ensemble for their outstanding portrayal, saying, "O'Hara and his ensemble do an excellent job of making the audience feel complicit as we lean forward, waiting for Richard to choose the next pawn he'll take off the board, and waiting, too, for him to acknowledge us once more. This Richard needs obeisance from everyone, including those of us out there in the stands; his subjects grant it by following orders, and we grant it by tracking the details of his story, and by laughing, despite ourselves, as he works through his kill list."