Screening with introduction: Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Rustaveli Theatre Company of Tbilisi, Georgia

Convenors: Rachael Hodge (St. John’s College, University of Oxford) & Dr. David Maziashvili (Academic Fellow, REES, University of Oxford)

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Introduction by Dr. David Maziashvili

Shakespeare’s Richard III staged by Georgian stage director Robert Sturua at the Rustaveli National Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia in 1978; Ramaz Chkhikvadze in the title role. Creative team: Stage designer M. Shvelidze and composer G. Kancheli. Innovative interpretation of the Great Bard’s play and aesthetic of the production got high acclaim in Edinburgh (1979) and then in London (1980).


"The stage director of the Rustaveli Company Robert Sturua (not least the composer Gia Kancheli) showed us that the Georgians can teach us more than a thing or two about the production of Shakespeare." The Guardian

"Londoners must see this play produced by one of the greatest companies in the World." Times

"The fanciful variety of Richard III, presented by the Rustaveli Company at the Lyceum, is such a magnificently performed production that, like Verdi’s Othello, it could easily be considered as an independent pierce of art." Daily Telegraph


Refreshments will be served in the interval


You can see more from the Rustaveli National Theatre here

Find out more about Robert SturuaGiya Kancheli and Ramaz Chkhikvadze.