Richard III to be performed in former Norwich shoe factory

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwi

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. Photo: Crude Apache. - Credit: Crude Apache

One of Shakespeare's history plays is to be performed next month in a former Norwich shoe factory.

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwi

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. Photo: Crude Apache. - Credit: Crude Apache

Norfolk theatre company Crude Apache will perform Richard III at St Mary's Works, a building which was once home to the Sexton, Son & Everard shoe factory and now hosts one of the city's newest arts venues, the Shoe Factory Social Club.

The new production - which will be performed from November 23 to December 3 - will see the dark tale of treachery, deceit and murder reset in the present day among a homeless community living in an urban cardboard city.

Director Tim Lane said: 'I wanted a dilapidated 'urban' type setting so we were very lucky to find the Shoe Factory at St Mary's Works almost straight away.

'The timing was perfect as the intention is to redevelop it next year and in the meantime the space, which is perfect for our requirements, is being used for a variety of arts events.'


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Russell Turner, a longstanding member of the company, will play the title role, and there will be a cast of 11 people.

Crude Apache will perform Richard III from Wednesday, November 23 until Saturday, December 3 at The Shoe Factory Social Club, St Mary's Works, Oak Street, Norwich. Tickets £8 (£7 concessions). For more information, including how to book tickets, visit www.crudeapache.wordpress.com

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For more about the Shoe Factory Social Club, visit www.shoefactorysocial.club

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