Theatre: Richard III

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"Maybe I could help you with that hump?" suggested Gene Wilder. "Hump? What hump?" replied the perplexed Marty Feldman. I refer, of course, to a scene in Mel Brooks's sublime Young Frankenstein, the best thing in humps since the invention of camels. Perhaps a more famous example is Richard III, a play that is rarely off the stage as it affords such tremendous opportunities for the leading actor, a fact not missed by Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen, both of whom filmed their acclaimed stage appearances. Now it's the turn of Ian Pepperell at Leicester (taking time out from being Roy Tucker in The Archers) and Robert Lindsay (right) who is playing the hunch(back) at the RSC.

RSC, Stratford upon Avon (01789 295623) from Tue

Leicester Haymarket (0116-253 9797) from Fri

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