Ron Cephas Jones set for Public Theater’s ‘Richard III’ mobile tour

The Public Theater has announced that it will present Shakespeare’s Richard III at community venues throughout New York City this summer prior to a three-week run at it’s Lafayette Street theater.

The Mobile Shakespeare Unit will tour prisons, senior centers, homeless shelters, and other public locations throughout the city from July 16-Aug. 3.

Ron Cephas Jones will lead in the title role, in a cast that will also include Michelle Beck (Anne), Suzanne Bertish (Margaret), Keith Eric Chappelle (Hastings), Michael Crane (Buckingham), Lynn Hawley (Elizabeth), Alex Hernandez (Catesby), Miriam Hyman (Clarence) and Kevin Kelly (Edward).

One of Shakespeare’s most charismatic villains cuts a scorched-earth swath through the politicos, power-mongers, and even his own family members who stand between him and the crown. But before King Richard III can enjoy the fruits of his ill-gotten gain, something stirs that freezes him in his tracks: Conscience.

PHOTO: Denzel Washington as King Richard III

Shakespeare’s bracingly theatrical, surprisingly moral exploration of violence and its consequences is a production of The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit. This reinvention of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Shakespeare program—the original impulse of the New York Shakespeare Festival that would grow over decades into Shakespeare in the Park and The Public Theater—takes professional Shakespeare for free to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs before playing at The Public for this very limited run.

The Mobile Shakespeare Unit is made possible with the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Bloomberg.

For tour information or non-mobile tickets, visit or call (212) 967-7555. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY.


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