Q&A session broadcast live from the BFI Southbank, London.

Richard III is a special event cinema release of Richard III (1995), starring Ian McKellen and directed by Richard Loncraine. This event is one of the highlights of the Shakespeare on Film programme; a series of events and screenings throughout 2016 celebrating the lasting legacy of William Shakespeare, 400 years after his death.

There will be a newly created short documentary featuring Ian McKellen visiting locations involved in the film and the play, discussing the process of adapting the play for the screen and reflecting on his process as an actor. This is followed by the restored 1995 film Richard III and ending with a question & answer session with Sir Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine, broadcast live from the BFI Southbank. 

7.15pm       - Doors open
7.30pm       - Start/Introduction Documentary
7.40pm       - Richard III Feature
9.30pm       - Live Q&A
10pm          - Finish

Please note that there are no adverts or trailers in our Event Cinema screenings and doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time.

Richard III

It is the 1930s, and a long and bloody civil war has divided the nation as two powerful families battle for the crown. The end of the war comes suddenly when the reigning King and his heir are killed by the Commander-in-Chief of the York faction, Richard of Gloucester.

Richard's elder brother, Edward, takes the throne, establishing a shaky peace over the nation. But Richard, shunning the dreary calm of peacetime, turns his attention to a new, private war within the House of York. Brother to a sickly King and Lord Protector to a vulnerable young heir, he sets in motion a murderous plot to divide his family, eliminate his rivals and usurp the throne.

Further Info

Having produced and starred in the Royal National Theatre's world tour of Richard III from 1990 - 1992, Ian McKellen began work on his first screenplay with the aim of creating a unique film adaptation that could be accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Combining his Shakespearean background with Richard Loncraine's visual dynamism and recruiting an  ensemble of British and American acting talent, McKellen produced a striking interpretation of Richard III - transferring the action to an imagined war-wracked Europe of the 1930s and transforming Shakespeare's most notorious villain into a fascistic despot.

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DIRECTOR: Richard Loncraine
Ian McKellen
Annette Bening
Jim Broadbent
Robert Downey
Nigel Hawthorne
Kristin Scott Thomas
Maggie Smith
John Wood

FEATURE TIME: 2hrs 25mins
TICKET PRICE Standard - £12.75, Zebra Discount Card holders - £9.75
Richard III with Q&A (LIVE) Poster