Theatre-goers rave about Martin Freeman’s performance in Richard III

The Sherlock actor has impressed early reviewers playing Shakespeare's sovereign as part of Trafalgar Transformed


We’re used to seeing Martin Freeman solving crimes with Benedict Cumberbatch or traversing Middle Earth but the star of Sherlock and The Hobbit has swapped the screen for the stage in his new play Richard III. 


Part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, the production sees Freeman play Shakespeare’s troubled sovereign opposite The Borgias actress Gina McKee. The pair trod the boards together for the first time earlier this week and as the reviews begin to trickle in, one thing is clear. It’s rather bloody good. And by bloody, we mean really *bloody*…

The leading man certainly impressed as King Richard whose Machiavellian rise to power is brought to a bloody end by the future King Henry Tudor.

Martin’s parter Amanda Abbington was a bag of nerves ahead of his first performance…

But she needn’t have worried – by the sounds of it, her man more than delivered:

Not everyone was convinced by the 1970s setting… 

And, after exhaustive research, we did manage to find a couple of unenthused tweeters.

But there’s no doubt the majority of the audience were left spellbound. Judging by these reviews, we can’t wait to see it… 

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