Richard III is a rare protagonist, at once a villain and a hero. Though he is crookbacked, and as deformed in temperament as he is in body, his brilliance as an evildoer captivates us as we watch him woo the Lady Anne, or deceive his brothers, or hoodwink the English people into offering him the crown for which he has murdered his nephews. Richard - perhaps the greatest theatrical villain of all time - dominates this powerful drama from his opening line, 'Now is the winter of our discontent', to his final words, 'A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!'