Access and Interpretation Coordinator, Anna Griffiths, is looking at part of the iconic costume worn by Antony Sher in Bill Alexander’s 1984 production of Richard III. This is the story of how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator and a real man who speaks to every age. Air Date 10/26/2018 Shakespeare’s Villains is a series of blogs by Finding Shakespeare and our education team, so don’t forget to check out Blogging Shakespeare's post on Richard III . Sir Antony Sher, KBE (born 14 June 1949) is a British actor of South African origin, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and four-time nominee, who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 and toured in many roles, as well as appearing on film and TV, and working as a writer and theatre director. Born in 1949, Antony Sher was raised in South Africa before going to London to study at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art between 1969 and 1971. Sir Antony Sher unveils the life of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” comparing the historical king’s reputation with the play’s enduring portrait of ruthless ambition and vengeance. Access and Interpretation Coordinator, Anna Griffiths, is looking at part of the iconic costume worn by Antony Sher in Bill Alexander’s 1984 production of Richard III. Antony Sher's 1977 interpretation of the infamous villain Richard III defined the role for a generation. Antony Sher talks about his experiences with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his roles as Lear in 2016, Falstaff in 2014, and Richard III in 1984. Shakespeare’s Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time — and one of the most relished. Sir Antony Sher unveils the life of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” comparing the historical king’s reputation with the play’s enduring portrait of ruthless ambition and vengeance. Our productions of Richard III over the years have included many famous actors playing the title role: FR Benson 1886-1919; John Laurie in 1939; Marius Goring in 1953; Christopher Plummer in 1961; Ian Holm in 1963; Ian Richardson in 1975; Alan Howard in 1980; Antony Sher in 1984; Robert Lindsay in 1998 and Henry Goodman in 2003.. Richard III completes the cycle of plays covering the War of the Roses. Antony Sher as Richard III, RSC 1984 When Antony Sher played the role in 1984 for the Royal Shakespeare Company he wore a tight-fitting black costume and wielded a pair of crutches to help him move across the stage at lightning speed. After performing for the theatre group "Gay Sweatshop" in "Thinking Straight" (1975), "The Fork" (1976) and "Stone" (1976), Sher joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. Despite it being a diary, Sher makes it into a gripping story that you want to read to the end. Aired: 10/26/18 Three years later, his performance in the title role of "Richard III" won him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor and, in 1997, he won another Laurence Olivier Award for "Stanley". Shakespeare Uncovered: “The Winter’s Tale” with Simon Russell Beale. It's 20 years since Antony Sher stepped out on stage with the RSC in his breakthrough performance as Richard III. Antony Sher unveils the life of Shakespeare's "Richard III," comparing the historical king's reputation with the play's enduring portrait of ruthless ambition and vengeance.