Deans Close School (Cheltenham) to hold ‘Richard III’ Edinburgh Fringe preview at Tewkesbury Abbey….

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The following article can be read at However, the intrusive and downright obstructive presence of numerous annoying adverts makes reading it there a slow and very disagreeable experience. So I’ve copied the main gist of it. 

“Deans Close School (Cheltenham) to hold ‘Richard III’ Edinburgh Fringe preview at Tewkesbury Abbey, by fuchsiash. posted: August 13, 2015 

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“For the eleventh year running, Dean Close School is taking its award-winning theatre company up to the Fringe Festival where they will perform Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’. But before they head north of the border, Close Up Theatre will be staging an exciting and poignant preview in the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey. 

“Set in the grounds of Abbey House at the back of the abbey, this production falls in the year that Richard’s remains were interred in Leicester Cathedral, and is just two days away from the 530th anniversary of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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“Richard himself fought at the Battle of Tewkesbury, and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, is buried in the abbey. 

“Director Rebecca Vines, who founded Close Up in 2004, said: “This is an extraordinary production, featuring some exceptionally talented young performers. 

“The themes of ‘Richard III’ are universal and transcend the centuries. Power, authority, corruption, lust… these are present in every TV smash hit of the last few years. 

“Kevin Spacey famously played Richard III before recording House of Cards, and there are strong elements of this modern political power-play in our production.” 

“Now in its 12th year at the Fringe, Close Up Theatre is one of just a tiny handful of companies to receive the elite ‘Sell Out’ from Fringe authorities not just once, but eleven years in a row. 

“Close Up Theatre is the semi-professional performance wing of Dean Close School, and previous companies have included pupils who have gone on to be trained professional actors like Patrick Fleming who is currently appearing in the National Theatre hit ‘War Horse’ in the West End, and Will Merrick who left Dean Close just a few years ago and has starred in ‘Skins’, ‘About Time’ and ‘Dr Who’. 

“The Richard III preview is on Wednesday, August 19 at Tewkesbury Abbey.

Grounds will open from 5.45pm for picnics, with the show starting at 6.45pm. 

“Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from the Abbey Shop, by emailing, or on the gate at the show.

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